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By Thomas Alexander

The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of lifestyles explores subject matters in classical American philosophy, basically that of John Dewey, but in addition within the considered Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Santayana, and local American traditions. the first declare is that people exist with a necessity for the event of which means and cost, a "Human Eros." Our a number of cultures are symbolic environments or "spiritual ecologies" in which the Human Eros can thrive. this is often how we inhabit the earth. Encircling and maintaining our cultural lifestyles is nature. Western philosophy has now not in most cases supplied sufficient conceptual versions for considering ecologically. therefore the assumption of "eco-ontology" undertakes to discover ways that this may be performed starting with the primacy of Nature over Being, but in addition together with the popularity of probability and potentiality as inherent elements of lifestyles. I argue for the centrality of Dewey for an efficient ecological philosophy. either "pragmatism" and "naturalism" must be contextualized inside an emergentist, relational, non-reductive view of nature and a classy, resourceful, non-reductive view of intelligence.

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