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In Search of Allies for Postnatural Environmentalism, or Revisiting an Ecophilosophical Reading of Heidegger

Magdalena Hoły-Łuczaj

Environmental Values 27 (2018): 603-621. doi: 10.3197/096327118X15343388356347

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This paper enhances postnatural environmentalism (represented by Steven Vogel) by highlighting and incorporating selected concepts from Martin Heidegger's ontology. In particular, I examine Heidegger's detailed analysis of the affinity between phusis and techne, the critique of 'replaceability', the problem of 'proper use', and his earlier concept of a tool structure. This analysis is aimed at grounding the metaphysical and ethical significance of technical artefacts. It shows that Heidegger can support postnatural environmentalism's claim that artefacts should not be jettisoned by environmental thinking because that leads to reckless treatment of them. Exploration of these issues also contributes to environmental interpretations of Heidegger's philosophical legacy, which were limited to natural beings.


Postnatural environmentalism, artefacts, Heidegger, Vogel

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Artefacts and Functions: A Note on the Value of Nature Eric Katz

Intrinsic Value: A Modern Albatross for the Ecological Approach. Bruce Morito

Celebrating the Mundane: Nature and the Built Environment. Lenore Newman and Ann Dale

Convergence, Noninstrumental Value and the Semantics of 'Love': Comment on McShane. Bryan G. Norton

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Editorial: Grounding Words and Flights of Imagination. Tom Greaves

Hermeneutics at the Time of the Anthropocene: The Case of Hans-Georg Gadamer. Patryk Szaj

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