“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bryant: Strategic Vitalism

I like it! Sign me up! I call it animism.

This is another of those posts of Levi's that's as good as reading a published essay.

1 comment:

Bill Benzon said...

Man! Things sure do happen fast in the blogosphere, don't they? I've got a post at New Savanna in which I argue that this vitalist move is a necessary and salutary response to the deep pressure Western conceptualization has been subjected to over the last several decades. I even offer a bit of neural evidence indicating that conceptual systems cannot be readjusted piecemeal, at least not in a fundamental way. Rather, they must be retuned and reconfigured through and through. That's why vitalism is now knocking on the door.