The Philosophy of Ecology
Since Ernst Haeckel coined the term ecology in 1866 there has been no shortage of theoretical engagement with ecology and ecological problems and an acceleration of discourse has arisen since the undeniable effects of climate change. But, despite this, the relationship between philosophy and ecology remains far less clear. In continental theory there is not so much a philosophy of ecology but instead numerous loose theoretical explorations of ecology (such as ecosophy and deep ecology) culminating in recent deconstructions and ontological or (new) materialist reconstructions. The philosophy of ecology analytically understood, on the other hand, places ecological theory within the philosophy of science (especially philosophy of biology) emphasizing how ecology, as a science, should be practiced.
The overall aim of these workshops is to clarify the history and context of the various concepts which have come to pervade ecological discourse (anthropocene, extinction, vulnerability, holism, and so on). In addition each day will have an afternoon session centered on practical/pragmatic engagement with other-than human nature.
The total duration is 6 days, with the first and last day being dedicated to arrival and departure; there will be a lecture-free day in between in which participants can absorb the pollination material and interact with the subject matter in an immediate way – e.g. in the herb garden. And if weather allows some workshops will move out of the class room into ‘the wild’.
Module 1 – Life Signs: From Nature to Ecology
Module 2 – Scene kids: Population and Climate
Module 3 – No Time: Ethics and Extinction
Duration: 6 days (Sep 15 – 21)
Ben Woodard is a post-doctoral researcher in philosophy and art theory at Leuphana University, Lüneburg Germany. His research focuses on the relationship between naturalism and idealism across continental and analytic philosophy. His text, Schelling’s Naturalism, is forthcoming from Edinburgh Press.
MASSIA pollination are workshops, events, gatherings happening around the Massia Officinale project, making the movement of fertile material between bodies possible. For inquiries about MASSIA pollination (if you want to organize a pollination, for example), email firstname.lastname@example.org.