Naess’s ecosophy is one of the first and most influential philosophical formulations of relationism and environmental ontology. In this paper, I argue that his proposal can be re-analysed in light of Latour’s recent political ecology. The comparison unfolds Latour’s direct criticisms of Naess in the central concepts of objectivity, politics, anthropocentrism, ecological crisis, morality, and facts and values. On one hand, the comparison offers material to rework the potentials and pitfalls of a perspective that understands the ecological crisis in terms of necessity of rethinking the place of humans in nature and reopening the concept of nature and of the human. On the other hand, Latour exposes some of Naess’s fundamental ambiguities. I argue that precisely in these ambiguities lies Naess’s fecundity and, maybe, the possibility for ecosophy to rephrase its tenets today.

Ecosophy at the End of Nature

CAVAZZA, ELISA
2014

Abstract

Naess’s ecosophy is one of the first and most influential philosophical formulations of relationism and environmental ontology. In this paper, I argue that his proposal can be re-analysed in light of Latour’s recent political ecology. The comparison unfolds Latour’s direct criticisms of Naess in the central concepts of objectivity, politics, anthropocentrism, ecological crisis, morality, and facts and values. On one hand, the comparison offers material to rework the potentials and pitfalls of a perspective that understands the ecological crisis in terms of necessity of rethinking the place of humans in nature and reopening the concept of nature and of the human. On the other hand, Latour exposes some of Naess’s fundamental ambiguities. I argue that precisely in these ambiguities lies Naess’s fecundity and, maybe, the possibility for ecosophy to rephrase its tenets today.
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