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dc.contributor.advisorMaley, Terry
dc.creatorCheney, Thomas Manning
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-27T16:29:36Z
dc.date.available2018-08-27T16:29:36Z
dc.date.copyright2018-01-29
dc.date.issued2018-08-27
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10315/34961
dc.description.abstractDrawing from historical political thought and 20th century western philosophy, this dissertation advances a theory of secular enchantment of nature, humanity, and their relationship. Its underlying social and political goal is to inspire an ethic of ecological conservation and stewardship. Its philosophical goal is to lay a new ontological foundation for thinking and talking about the unique human place within the ecological world. Modern scientific inquiry and reasoned philosophical reflection can expose the facts and uncover the truths about the human relationship with nature. Such an endeavour is important, and forms the backbone of this dissertation. But it is not enough. The natural world is in crisis and the truth alone cannot save it. If it is to be deemed worth saving, nature must be restored as a fundamental site of meaning in human life. The great modernizing project has purged the supernatural from nature, and with it the grounds for meaning and ethical direction. Still, wielded properly, science and philosophy can reestablish the enchantment of nature. Using a wide variety of thinkers, this dissertation shows that rational inquiry can inspire a sense of wonder for ecological complexity, and for the special place humans occupy in the natural whole.
dc.language.isoen
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dc.subjectPolitical Science
dc.titleRe-Enchanting Human Ecology: Identity and Difference, Process Metaphysics, and Emergence
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.degree.disciplinePolitical Science
dc.degree.namePhD - Doctor of Philosophy
dc.degree.levelDoctoral
dc.date.updated2018-08-27T16:29:36Z
dc.subject.keywordsEcology
dc.subject.keywordsHuman ecology
dc.subject.keywordsPhenomenology
dc.subject.keywordsMax Weber
dc.subject.keywordsSheldon Wolin
dc.subject.keywordsEnchantment
dc.subject.keywordsDisenchantment
dc.subject.keywordsRe-enchantment
dc.subject.keywordsOntology
dc.subject.keywordsSubject and object
dc.subject.keywordsSubjectivity
dc.subject.keywordsLabour
dc.subject.keywordsSelf-consciousness
dc.subject.keywordsScience
dc.subject.keywordsThe political
dc.subject.keywordsCosmology
dc.subject.keywordsDescartes
dc.subject.keywordsLocke
dc.subject.keywordsJean-Jacques Rousseau
dc.subject.keywordsHistory
dc.subject.keywordsG.W.F. Hegel
dc.subject.keywordsKarl Marx
dc.subject.keywordsTheodor Adorno
dc.subject.keywordsHerbert Marcuse
dc.subject.keywordsEcological aesthetics
dc.subject.keywordsDenaturation
dc.subject.keywordsFreud
dc.subject.keywordsPreponderance of the object
dc.subject.keywordsMeaning
dc.subject.keywordsProcess philosophy
dc.subject.keywordsProcess metaphysics
dc.subject.keywordsA.N. Whitehead
dc.subject.keywordsCharles Hartshorne
dc.subject.keywordsNature
dc.subject.keywordsCritical Realism
dc.subject.keywordsRoy Bhaskar
dc.subject.keywordsEmergence
dc.subject.keywordsStratification
dc.subject.keywordsMaterialism
dc.subject.keywordsIdealism
dc.subject.keywordsEcocentrism
dc.subject.keywordsAnthropocentrism
dc.subject.keywordsEcological ethics
dc.subject.keywordsNaturalism
dc.subject.keywordsHumanism
dc.subject.keywordsCritical Theory
dc.subject.keywordsFrankfurt School
dc.subject.keywordsMax Horkheimer
dc.subject.keywordsDialectics
dc.subject.keywordsNegative dialectics
dc.subject.keywordsEnlightenment
dc.subject.keywordsPolitical philosophy
dc.subject.keywordsRealism
dc.subject.keywordsAlienation
dc.subject.keywordsModernity
dc.subject.keywordsMind
dc.subject.keywordsReason
dc.subject.keywordsAesthetics
dc.subject.keywordsRadical democracy
dc.subject.keywords


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