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  1. The Philosophy of Biomimicry.Henry Dicks - 2016 - Philosophy and Technology 29 (3):223-243.
    The philosophy of biomimicry, I argue, consists of four main areas of inquiry. The first, which has already been explored by Freya Mathews, concerns the “deep” question of what Nature ultimately is. The second, third, and fourth areas correspond to the three basic principles of biomimicry as laid out by Janine Benyus. “Nature as model” is the poetic principle of biomimicry, for it tells us how it is that things are to be “brought forth”. “Nature as measure” is the ethical (...)
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  2. Aldo Leopold and the Ecological Imaginary: The Balance, the Pyramid, and the Round River.Henry Dicks - 2014 - Environmental Philosophy 11 (2):175-209.
    Aldo Leopold accorded great significance to the images he used to describe both the land and humankind’s relation to it. Focusing on three key images of Leopold’s “ecological imaginary”—the balance, the pyramid, and the round river—this article argues that the most profound of these is the round river. Contrasting this image with James Lovelock’s portrayal of the earth as Gaia, it further argues that Leopold’s round river can be interpreted as a contemporary, ecological reworking of the primordial, Homeric experience of (...)
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    Environmental Ethics and Biomimetic Ethics: Nature as Object of Ethics and Nature as Source of Ethics.Henry Dicks - 2017 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 30 (2):255-274.
    While the contemporary biomimicry movement is associated primarily with the idea of taking Nature as model for technological innovation, it also contains a normative or ethical principle—Nature as measure—that may be treated in relative isolation from the better known principle of Nature as model. Drawing on discussions of the principle of Nature as measure put forward by Benyus and Jackson, while at the same time situating these discussions in relation to contemporary debates in the philosophy of biomimicry : 364–387, 2011; (...)
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  4. The Self-Poetizing Earth: Heidegger, Santiago Theory, and Gaia Theory.Henry Dicks - 2011 - Environmental Philosophy 8 (1):41-61.
    Although Heidegger thinks cybernetics is the “supreme danger,” he also thinks that it harbours within itself poiēsis, the “saving power.” This article providesa justification of this position through an analysis of its relation to Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela’s Santiago theory of cognition and James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis’ Gaia theory. More specifically, it argues that Maturana and Varela’s criticism of cybernetics and their concomitant theory of “autopoiesis” constitutes the philosophical disclosure of “Being itself,” and that the extension of Santiago (...)
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    Being Like Gaia: Biomimicry and Ecological Ethics.Henry Dicks - 2019 - Environmental Values 28 (5):601-620.
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    Can Imitating Nature Save the Planet?Henry Dicks & Vincent Blok - 2019 - Environmental Values 28 (5):519-526.
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    The Biomimicry Revolution in Environmental Epistemology.Henry Dicks - 2019 - Ethics and the Environment 24 (2):43.
    Since its emergence in the 1970s and 80s, environmental philosophy has been dominated by environmental ethics. This is not to say that branches of philosophy other than ethics have not also been reconsidered in the light of the environmental crisis. In addition to considering our ethical relation to nature, environmental philosophers have also frequently considered metaphysical or ontological questions about what nature is and whether we humans belong to or are separate from it, as well as questions about the importance (...)
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    Dossier : Le groupe des Dix, des précurseurs de l'interdisciplinarité – Edgar Morin et René Passet : Les passeurs du Groupe des Dix.Edgar Morin, René Passet, Franck-Dominique Vivien & Henry Dicks - 2019 - Natures Sciences Sociétés 27 (2):225-237.
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    A New Way of Valuing Nature.Henry Dicks - 2017 - Environmental Ethics 39 (3):281-299.
    According to the renowned biomimicry specialist, Janine Benyus, biomimicry offers a new way of valuing nature based on the principle of learning from nature. Comparing and contrast­ing this new way of valuing nature with the dominant conception of nature as valuable for the ecosystem services it provides, an articulation of the respective theoretical frameworks of ecosystem services and biomimicry can be proposed. This articulation depends on the insight that each of the four basic categories of ecosystem service identified in the (...)
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    From Anthropomimetic to Biomimetic Cities.Henry Dicks - 2018 - Architecture Philosophy 3 (1).
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    The Poetics of Biomimicry.Henry Dicks - 2017 - Environmental Philosophy 14 (2):191-219.
    The Ancient Greeks understood both art and technology (techne) as imitation (mimesis) of Nature (physis). This article argues that the rapidly growing ecological innovation strategy known as biomimicry makes it possible for technology to leave behind the modern goal of “mastering and possessing” Nature and instead to rediscover the initial vocation it shared with art: imitating Nature. This in turn suggests a general strategy for philosophical inquiry into the biomimetic principle of “Nature as model”: the transposition of philosophical analyses of (...)
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    Dossier : Le groupe des Dix, des précurseurs de l'interdisciplinarité – Introduction - De la légende dorée aux querelles d’héritage : le Groupe des Dix en transversale.Franck-Dominique Vivien & Henry Dicks - 2019 - Natures Sciences Sociétés 27 (2):125-136.
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    Dossier : Le Groupe des Dix, des Précurseurs de l'Interdisciplinarité – Physics, Philosophy and Poetics at the End of the Groupe des Dix: Edgar Morin and Michel Serres on the Nature of Nature.Henry Dicks - 2019 - Natures Sciences Sociétés 27 (2):169-177.
    This article argues that by the time of the Groupe des Dix’s dissolution in 1976, at least some of its members had departed significantly from the intellectual framework inherited from America’s Cybernetics Group. Focusing on two key publications of 1977, Edgar Morin’s La méthode, tome 1 : la nature de la nature and Michel Serres’s La naissance de la physique dans le texte de Lucrèce. Fleuves et turbulences, I show how the group’s two most philosophically oriented thinkers both broke with (...)
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  14. Clinical Studies in Psychopathology.Henry V. Dicks - 1941 - Mind 50 (200):408-414.