From The Enchantment of Nature to Fashioning a Persuasive Planetary Ethic

  • Whitney Bauman Florida International University
Keywords: Deleuze and Guattari, Planetarity, Gayatri Spivak, Bruno Latour, Post-Foundational Nature, Environmental Aesthetics

Abstract

Many discussions surrounding environmental ethics and spirituality revolve around enchantment and place.  Such notions are inherently marked by transcendent understandings of “religion” and “nature.” This article suggests that these transcendent understandings could be problematic in an era of globalization marked by movement and change.  Using the work of postmodern thinkers to destabilize foundational concepts of “Nature,” as well as the sacred, this article argues for fashioning a planetary ethic that pays attention to aesthetics of movement and change, moving environmental ethics from a discussion about place to a discussion about pace.

Muchos debates sobre la ética ambiental y la espiritualidad giran alrededor del encanto y la localización. Tales nociones están intrínsecamente marcadas por la comprensión trascendente de "religión" y "naturaleza". En este artículo se sugiere que estas concepciones trascendentes podrían ser problemáticas en una época de globalización caracterizada por el movimiento y el cambio. Utilizando el trabajo de pensadores postmodernos para desestabilizar los conceptos fundacionales de la "Naturaleza", así como de lo sagrado, este artículo argumenta a favor de la configuración de una ética planetaria que presta atención a la estética de movimiento y cambio, cambiando la ética del medio ambiente de una discusión sobre el lugar a un discusión sobre el ritmo.

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Author Biography

Whitney Bauman, Florida International University
Whitney Bauman is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University in Miami, FL, USA. Among many other articles and chapters dealing with "religion and ecology" and "religion and science," he is the author of Theology Creation and Environmental Ethics (Routledge 2009), and co-editor of Grounding Religion: A Fieldguide to the Study of Religion and Ecology (Routledge 2010, and Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology (Wipf and Stock 2011).  He is currently working on a manuscript entitled, Religion, Science, and Globalization: The Emergence of Planetary Identities.  
Published
2011-12-19
Section
Ecospirit: Religion and the Environment