Category Archives: Environment

from nature to wildness: wapner again

After having established the existence of a postnature world, wherein neither conceptually nor empirically does nature continue to exist, Wapner slides from nature to wilderness/wildness. I wondered in an earlier post how a case for environmental action could be made … Continue reading

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wapner’s self-canceling premise

As I mentioned in a recent post, Wapner’s Living Through the End of Nature offers a middle position between true believer environmentalists and their skeptical opponents. The issue is much cloudier than this either/or, argues Wapner, so we need to … Continue reading

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jumped the gun

Morton does make a direct application of ambient poetics to phenomenological prose later on in the second chapter of EwN, specifically the writing of David Abram.

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a mouse is a mouse is a mouse

Morton with a critical point against Deep Ecology (and for OOO): In a vacuum the mouse would remain a mouse. It would just be a dead mouse. (103)

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phenomenology and ambient poetics

I’ve also been reading through Morton’s Ecology without Nature. One of the things that I find compelling in his analysis of ‘ecomimesis’ (nature writing) is his deployment of an ‘ambient poetics’ (this is, I think, his term). Ecomimesis involves a … Continue reading

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wapner: the first 100 pages

One hundred pages into Wapner’s Living Through the End of Nature. What’s been accomplished so far is a cursory history of the American environmentalist movement, a characterization of its general positions and motivations, and a distillation of its aspiration, summed … Continue reading

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postnature crisis?

I’m reading Paul Wapner’s Living Through the End of Nature (MIT 2010). I learned in the introduction that we live in a postnature world. But I already knew that after reading McKibben and Morton. For Wapner, the postnature world is … Continue reading

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