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Rethinking the Relations of Nature, Culture and Agency

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Abstract:

Beginning with a critique of the Enlightenment human/nature dualism, this essay argues for a new conception of human agency based on culturopoeia and an application of an ecofeminist dialogic method for analysing human-nature relationships, with the idea of volitional interdependence replacing ideas of free will and determinism. Further, it posits that we need to replace the alienational model of otherness based on a psychoanalytic model with a relational model of anotherness based on an ecological model, and concludes by encouraging attention to developing bioregional natured cultures in place of nation states and multinational corporations.

Keywords: bioregionalism; culturopoeia; dialogics; ecology; environment; human agency; philosophy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3197/096327192776680025

Publication date: November 1, 1992

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