David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Environmental Ethics 17 (1):75-91 (1995)
Environmentalism is traversed by a dilemma between a movement toward identity politics and the impossibility of a speaking natural subject; this dilemma calls into question both the relevance of identity politics for ecological struggle and dominant classical constructions of the subject itself. Using Lacanianinspired insights on subjectivity, and the works of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe on radical democracy, I investigate the alternative versions of the subject implicit in ecological discourses and suggest that it is through these alternatives that environmentalism can forge necessary alliances with other movements oriented toward human liberation. In particular, the very impossibility of a natural speaking subject suggests that the ecological project of redefining humanity’s relationships to nonhuman nature(s) is always contingent on reorienting human subjectivity itself; this fact highlights the centrality of political coalition between ecological and other social movements
|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
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Chantal Mouffe (2005). On the Political. Routledge.
Elizabeth Skakoon (2008). Nature and Human Identity. Environmental Ethics 30 (1):37-49.
Mark Anthony Wenman (2003). Laclau or Mouffe? Splitting the Difference. Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (5):581-606.
Matthew R. Calarco (2000). Derrida on Identity and Difference: A Radical Democratic Reading of the Other Heading. Critical Horizons 1 (1):51-69.
Brian Doherty & Marius de Geus (eds.) (1996). Democracy and Green Political Thought: Sustainability, Rights, and Citizenship. Routledge.
A. Kioupkiolis (2011). Keeping It Open: Ontology, Ethics, Knowledge and Radical Democracy. Philosophy and Social Criticism 37 (6):691-708.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads14 ( #120,314 of 1,101,637 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #128,739 of 1,101,637 )
How can I increase my downloads?