9781137335876

A Non-Philosophical Theory of Nature Ecologies of Thought

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-07-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

In A Non-Philosophical Theory of Nature Anthony Paul Smith asserts that the old theological and philosophical ideas about the unnatural are no longer tenable. Parts of nature seem to be at war with one another - the human against the rest of the biosphere - and this is because our very understanding of the idea of nature that comes to us from philosophy and theology has perpetuated that war. Smith argues that the very idea of nature must be rethought as ecological, and towards that purpose uses the methodology of François Laruelle's non-philosophy to bring together the fields of philosophy, theology, and scientific ecology and treat them as ecological material. Out of this ecology of thought, a new theory of nature emerges for an ecological age.

Author Biography

Anthony Paul Smith is Assistant Professor in the Religion Department of La Salle University, USA, and a Fellow at the Institute for Nature and Culture, DePaul University, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: THE PERVERSITY OF NATURE FORECLOSED TO THOUGHT
1. Nature is not Hidden but Perverse
2. Ecology and Thought
3. Philosophy and Ecology
4. Theology and Ecology
PART II: THE NON-PHILOSOPHICAL MATRIX
5. Theory of the Philosophical Decision
6. The Practice and Principles of Non-Philosophy
7. Non-Theological Supplement
PART III: IMMANENTAL ECOLOGY AND ECOLOGIES (OF) THOUGHT
8. Real Ecosystems (of) Thought
9. Elements of an Immanental Ecology
10. Ecolologies without Nature
PART IV: A THEORY OF NATURE
11. Separating Nature from the World
12. Materials for a Theory of Nature
Conclusion: Theory of Nature

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