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Abschied von der einen Natur - Einführung in eine Grundlagendebatte

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Initiated by ecocentrism, (eco-)feminism, science and technology studies as well as postmodern philosophy, the development of social theory during the last two decades has been marked by a critical investigation of central elements in modern thought, particularly into the nature/culture dichotomy and other associated distinctions. This paper introduces us to these debates and focuses particularly on arguments that reject essentialist understandings of nature. Following a proposal from Bruno Latour, the paper concludes by discussing a concept of the "articulation of the collective" that goes beyond the modern nature/culture dichotomy.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2004

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