From Mastery to Mystery: A Phenomenological Foundation for an Environmental Ethic

2014.11.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bryan E. Bannon, From Mastery to Mystery: A Phenomenological Foundation for an Environmental Ethic, Ohio University Press, 2014,
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2014.11.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bryan E. Bannon, From Mastery to Mystery: A Phenomenological Foundation for an Environmental Ethic, Ohio University Press, 2014, 200pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780821420645. Reviewed by Michael E. Zimmerman, University of Colorado Boulder Bryan E. Bannon's book is an ambitious effort to lay the foundation for environmental ethics (EE), by developing an alternative to the nature-society dualism and substance metaphysics that are arguably central features of modernity. Instead of viewing nature as a monolithic, hierarchically-ordered, systemic, ahistorical, and transcendent domain needed to stabilize an historical human society, Bannon calls on work by Bruno Latour, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty to depict nature itself as historical, as "an actant, an assemblage of bodies contingently related such that there is an order, always subject to revision and reconstitution, that emerges from the interrelationships. . .

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