By John Hospers
This publication presents an in-depth, problem-oriented advent to philosophical research utilizing an exceptionally transparent, readable technique. The Fourth version doesn't simply replace insurance during the ebook, but additionally restores the introductory chapter—Words and the World—the such a lot distinctive, commonly acclaimed characteristic of the 1st versions.
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2. Political ecology does not seek to protect nature and has never sought to do so. On the contrary, it seeks to take charge, in an even more complete and mixed fashion, of an even greater diversity of entities and destinies. If modernism claimed to be detached from the constraints of the world, ecology for its part gets attached to everything. 3. Political ecology has never claimed to serve nature for nature’s own good, for it is absolutely incapable of deﬁning the common good of a dehumanized nature.
Even more perversely, it is going to let itself be intimidated by deep ecology, which, because it defends the largest beings arranged in the most rigid and incontrovertible fashion possible, will always seem to have the high ground, appropriating the power invented by the myth of the Cave for its own beneﬁt. Whenever political ecology encounters beings with uncertain, unpredictable connections, it is thus going to doubt itself, believe it has been weakened, despair over its own impotence, be ashamed of its weakness.
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