David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (4):501 – 519 (2007)
Environmental thinkers often suppose that the natural world (or some parts of it, at least) exists in its own right, independent of human concerns. The arguments developed in this paper suggest that it is possible to do justice to this thought without endorsing some form of metaphysical realism. Thus the early sections look to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception to develop an anti-realist account of the independent reality of the natural world, one, it is argued, that has certain advantages over the accounts proffered by 'environmental realists'. The concluding sections draw upon certain of Merleau-Ponty's later works to defend a rather bolder claim: that the conceptions of realism endorsed by environmental thinkers are not just ill equipped but, in fact, unable to acknowledge what may be provisionally referred to as the more-than-human dimension of reality.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Peder Anker, Per Ariansen, Alfred J. Ayer, Murray Bookchin, Baird Callicott, John Clark, Bill Devall, Fons Elders, Paul Feyerabend, Warwick Fox, William C. French, Harold Glasser, Ramachandra Guha, Patsy Hallen, Stephan Harding, Andrew Mclaughlin, Ivar Mysterud, Arne Naess, Bryan Norton, Val Plumwood, Peter Reed, Kirkpatrick Sale, Ariel Salleh, Karen Warren, Richard A. Watson, Jon Wetlesen & Michael E. Zimmerman (1999). Philosophical Dialogues: Arne Naess and the Progress of Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Renaud Barbaras (2001). Merleau-Ponty and Nature. Research in Phenomenology 31 (1):22-38.
Emily Brady (2003). Aesthetics of the Natural Environment. University of Alabama Press.
Charles S. Brown & Ted Toadvine (eds.) (2003). Eco-Phenomenology: Back to the Earth Itself. State University of New York Press.
Simon Critchley (2001). Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Douglas Low (2010). Hegel and Merleau-Ponty on Modernism and Postmodernism. International Philosophical Quarterly 50 (3):309-321.
Shlomit Tamari (2011). How Merleau-Ponty Can Provide a Philosophical Foundation for Vandana Shiva's Views on Biodiversity. Comparative and Continental Philosophy 2 (2):275-289.
Joel Smith (2005). Merleau-Ponty and the Phenomenological Reduction. Inquiry 48 (6):553-571.
Dorothea Olkowski & James Morley (1999). Merleau-Ponty, Interiority and Exteriority, Psychic Life and the World. State University of New York Pressolkowski, Dorothea.
Anthony J. Steinbock (1987). Merleau-Ponty's Concept of Depth. Philosophy Today 31 (4):336-351.
Linda Singer (1981). Merleau-Ponty on the Concept of Style. Man and World 14 (2):153-163.
M. C. Dillon (1971). Gestalt Theory and Merleau-Ponty's Concept of Intentionality. Man and World 4 (4):436-459.
Dorothea Olkowski (2010). In Search of Lost Time, Merleau-Ponty, Bergson, and the Time of Objects. Continental Philosophy Review 43 (4):525-544.
Douglas Low (1992). The Continuity Between Merleau-Ponty's Early and Late Philosophy of Language. Journal of Philosophical Research 17:287-311.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads54 ( #31,295 of 1,099,719 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #186,613 of 1,099,719 )
How can I increase my downloads?