Dark Ecology

Author: Timothy Morton

Publisher: Columbia University Press


Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Timothy Morton argues that ecological awareness in the present Anthropocene era takes the form of a strange loop or Möbius strip, twisted to have only one side. Deckard travels this oedipal path in Blade Runner (1982) when he learns that he might be the enemy he has been ordered to pursue. Ecological awareness takes this shape because ecological phenomena have a loop form that is also fundamental to the structure of how things are. The logistics of agricultural society resulted in global warming and hardwired dangerous ideas about life-forms into the human mind. Dark ecology puts us in an uncanny position of radical self-knowledge, illuminating our place in the biosphere and our belonging to a species in a sense that is far less obvious than we like to think. Morton explores the logical foundations of the ecological crisis, which is suffused with the melancholy and negativity of coexistence yet evolving, as we explore its loop form, into something playful, anarchic, and comedic. His work is a skilled fusion of humanities and scientific scholarship, incorporating the theories and findings of philosophy, anthropology, literature, ecology, biology, and physics. Morton hopes to reestablish our ties to nonhuman beings and to help us rediscover the playfulness and joy that can brighten the dark, strange loop we traverse.

Coexistentialism and the Unbearable Intimacy of Ecological Emergency

Author: Sam Mickey

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Science

Page: 260

View: 907

Engaging with contemporary renewals of existentialism as "coexistentialism" and "ecological existentialism," this book extends existentialist concerns for human existence to include the unique differences and strange possibilities of all humans and nonhumans intimately intertwined in the emergency conditions of ecological coexistence.
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The Persistence of Beauty

Author: Mark Sandy

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 208

View: 859

This significant collection of essays examines the cultural, literary, philosophical and historical representation of beauty in British, Irish and American literature. Contributors use the works of Charles Dickens, T S Eliot, W H Auden and Stephen Spender among others to explore the role of beauty and its wider implications in art and society.

Being Ecological

Author: Timothy Morton

Publisher: Penguin UK


Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 372

'To read Being Ecological is to be caught up in a brilliant display of intellectual pyrotechnics' P.D.Smith, Guardian Why is everything we think we know about ecology wrong? Is there really any difference between 'humans' and 'nature'? Does this mean we even have a future? Don't care about ecology? This book is for you. Timothy Morton, who has been called 'Our most popular guide to the new epoch' (Guardian), sets out to show us that whether we know it or not, we already have the capacity and the will to change the way we understand the place of humans in the world, and our very understanding of the term 'ecology'. A cross-disciplinarian who has collaborated with everyone from Björk to Hans Ulrich Obrist, Morton is also a member of the object-oriented philosophy movement, a group of forward-looking thinkers who are grappling with modern-day notions of subjectivity and objectivity, while also offering fascinating new understandings of Heidegger and Kant. Calling the volume a book containing 'no ecological facts', Morton confronts the 'information dump' fatigue of the digital age, and offers an invigorated approach to creating a liveable future.

تاريخ القراءة

Author: آلبرتو مانغويل

Publisher: Dar al Saqi


Category: History

Page: 384

View: 309

يتقفّى الكاتب آثار «النصوص المكتوبة والمقروءة والمطبوعة» عَبْر مختلف العصور التاريخية: بَحَث عنها في الكثير من مكتبات العالم، لكنه بحث عنها داخل نفسه أيضاً. يتذكّر الكلمة الأولى التي قرأها، ويتحدّث عن شغفه الكبير بالقراءة منذ نعومة أظفاره، ويروي قصّة علاقته بالكاتب الكبير الكفيف خورخه لويس بورخيس الذي كان يقرأ عليه في بوينس آيرس مدّة عامين كاملين يوماً بعد يوم. ثم ينتقل إلى بدايات الكتابة وإلى فنّ طباعة الكتب والأدب وشكل الكتاب، وإلى فعل القراءة وسلطانها.+++يقدّم مانغويل نخبة من عظماء العالم الذين كانوا يكتبون ويحبون القراءة مثل أرسطو، ولوفكرافت، وابن الهيثم، وأولفر ساك، ومريم المجدلية، والقديس أوغسطينُس، وريلكه. ويحدّثنا عن قصّة الأمير الفارسي الذي كان يصطحب مكتبته المؤلّفة من 117000 كتاب على ظهر قافلة من الجمال مصنّفة بحسب الأحرف الأبجدية. ولا ينسى أيضاً حكاية أكبر سارق للكتب في العالم، الدوق ليبري، أو قصّة عمال التبغ في كوبا الذين كانوا يحبون الاستماع إلى قراءة الكتب حتى أطلقوا أسماء أبطال الروايات الأدبية على أنواع سيجارهم.