“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

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ecology without Nature in The New Yorker

This week's one (October 24, 2011), on page 65:

The very idea of “nature”—implying something exterior to humanity and human culture—may be inimical to true ecological thinking, which presupposes the interconnectedness of all things. In the eco-poetry of the future, we may, in the words of one eco-theorist, “have lost nature but gained ecology.”
That's the spirit! It's from page 200 of Ecology without Nature.

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