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Reframing Tacit Human-Nature Relations: An Inquiry into Process Philosophy and the Philosophy of Michael Polanyi

Roope Oskari Kaaronen

Environmental Values 27 (2018): 179-201. doi: 10.3197/096327118X15162907484466

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To combat the ecological crisis, fundamental change is required in how humans perceive nature. This paper proposes that the human-nature bifurcation, a metaphysical mental model that is deeply entrenched and may be environmentally unsound, stems from embodied and tacitly-held substance-biased belief systems. Process philosophy can aid us, among other things, in providing an alternative framework for reinterpreting this bifurcation by drawing an ontological bridge between humans and nature, thus providing a coherent philosophical basis for sustainable dwelling and policy-making. Michael Polanyi's epistemology can further help us understand these environmentally-oriented tacit processes of knowing, and also provide a basis for the political and educational implementation of process-philosophical insights, particularly via the nudging of mental models.


Process metaphysics, tacit knowledge, sustainability, environmental policy, nudging

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

A Conceptual Framework to Enable the Changes Required for a One-Planet Future. Maria Honig, Samantha Petersen, Tom Herbstein, Saul Roux, Deon Nel and Clifford Shearing

Addressing the Practical and Ethical Issues of Nudging in Environmental Policy. Janne I. Hukkinen

One Thousand Good Things in Nature: Aspects of Nearby Nature Associated with Improved Connection to Nature. Miles Richardson, Jenny Hallam and Ryan Lumber

Rejecting Eco-Authoritarianism, Again. Dan Coby Shahar

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Varieties of Non-Anthropocentricism: Duty, Beauty, Knowledge and Reality. Marion Hourdequin

Towards a Process Epistemology for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems. Maria Mancilla Garcia, Tilman Hertz, Maja Schlüter

Everyday Life Ecologies: Crisis, Transitions and the Aesth-Etics of Desire. Alice Dal Gobbo

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