“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, May 29, 2014

Shorter Ecological Awareness

[T]here is nothing the least bit “misanthropic” about saying that humans don’t deserve to be ontologically half of the universe. There’s a philosophical debate to be had here (and we’ve been having it among ourselves for a long time now), but that debate can’t get properly started if people gloss my claim that humans and nonhumans must be placed ontologically on the same footing as: “humans are worthless.” It seems to me that one can grant plenty of worth to human beings without reserving half of ontology for humans while stuffing all the trillions of other kinds of entities in the cosmos into the other, same-sized half.
Graham Harman

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