By Thomas Alexander
The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of life explores subject matters in classical American philosophy, essentially that of John Dewey, but additionally within the considered Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Santayana, and local American traditions. the first declare is that people exist with a necessity for the event of that means and cost, a "Human Eros." Our numerous cultures are symbolic environments or "spiritual ecologies" during which the Human Eros can thrive. this is often how we inhabit the earth. Encircling and maintaining our cultural life is nature. Western philosophy has no longer regularly supplied sufficient conceptual versions for pondering ecologically. therefore the belief of "eco-ontology" undertakes to discover ways that this is able to be performed starting with the primacy of Nature over Being, but additionally together with the popularity of chance and potentiality as inherent elements of life. I argue for the centrality of Dewey for a good ecological philosophy. either "pragmatism" and "naturalism" have to be contextualized inside of an emergentist, relational, non-reductive view of nature and a cultured, innovative, non-reductive view of intelligence.
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