Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Does the Environment Have a Right?

This looks like it's going to be a wonderful do in Chicago. Hope you can come if you're near.

This, roughly, is what I shall say:
Ecological ideology (the various “environmentalisms” for want of a better word) is either fully embedded within capitalist ideology; or, when it strives to escape, it only achieves a kind of geostationary orbit. Is it possible for us to imagine a postcapitalist ecology? Yes—ecology intrinsically transcends capitalism. My project Ecology without Nature argues that in order to develop this idea we will need to drop the idea of nature, and the numerous “new and improved versions” derived from environmentalism, systems theory, Spinozan Deleuze-and-Guattari-style imagery, and so on. In so doing, ecological politics will have to move beyond consequentialism and towards something more like Kantian duty.
Here's a full text of my talk.

Morton Chicago Talk


ai said...

Hi Timothy - This sounds like a great event, and I'm very interested in your comments. At some point (when the semester's grading is finished and the dust settles) I will want to engage you in a bit of discussion about this, particularly the last bit (Kantian duty vs. non-dualist systems/ecological thinking)... All best,

Timothy Morton said...

That's great, Adrian—looking forward to it.

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