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Philosophy and Ecological Crisis

  • Ullrich Melle
  • K. U. Leuven
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 16)

Abstract

Humankind is caught in an escalating spiral of ecological, social and cultural destruction, of material and spiritual deprivation, and of a cancerous homogenization and “uglification” of the human life-worlds. Cancer and addiction are the universal metaphors of our time—cancerous, deadly growth and addiction to a suicidal and alienating life-style. Philosophy can not remain indifferent to this unprecedented ecological and cultural crisis. However, as Heidegger says, “it is in the very nature of philosophy never to make things easier but only more difficult.” A philosophy of the ecological crisis has to sail between the Scylla of easy answers and authoritative solutions on the one hand and the Charybdis of increasing the already prevailing confusion and disorientation on the other.

Keywords

Human History Ecological Crisis Total Mobilization Deep Ecology Modern Subject 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ullrich Melle
  • K. U. Leuven
    • 1
  1. 1.Belgium

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