Springer, Dordrecht


287, x Pages

ISBN 9783319662350

Contributions to Phenomenology
vol. 92

Ontologies of nature

Continental perspectives and environmental reorientations

Edited by

Gerard Kuperus, Marjolein Oele

This volume contains essays that offer both historical and contemporary views of nature, as seen through a hermeneutic, deconstructive, and phenomenological lens. It reaches back to Ancient Greek conceptions of physis in Homer and Empedocles, encompasses 13th century Zen master Dōgen, and extends to include 21st Century Continental Thought. By providing ontologies of nature from the perspective of the history of philosophy and of contemporary philosophy alike, the book shows that such perspectives need to be seen in dialogue witheach other in order to offer a deeper and more comprehensive philosophy of nature. The value of the historical accounts discussed lies in discerning the conceptual problems that contribute to the dominant thinking underpinning our ecological predicament, as well as in providing helpful resources for thinking innovatively through current problems, thus recasting the past to allow for a future yet to be imagined. The book also discusses contemporary continental thinkers who are more critically aware of the dominant anthropocentric and instrumental view of nature, and who provide substantial guidance for a sensible, innovative “ontology of nature” suited for an ecology of the future. Overall, the ontologies of nature discerned in this volume are not merely of theoretical interest, but strategically serve to suspend anthropocentrism and spark ethical and political reorientation in the context of our current ecological predicament.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-66236-7

Full citation:

Kuperus, G. , Oele, M. (eds) (2017). Ontologies of nature: Continental perspectives and environmental reorientations, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents

Architecture and eternity

Shaw Michael M.


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The ambivalence of eros

Hayes Josh


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Folding nature back upon itself

Oele Marjolein


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Kant's "other nature"

Nuzzo Angelica


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Hegel's anti-ontology of nature

Rand Sebastian


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Novalis, nature, and the absolute

Kneller Jane


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Nature (or not) in Heidegger

Holland Nancy J.


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An ecology of the future

Kuperus Gerard


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Precarious communities

Buchanan Brett


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Given to bewilderment, hand to limb

Steeves H Peter


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