Ecologies of Attention: Biosemiosis, Attunement, and Ethics|
ENVS 247, PHIL 354|
We consider variants on biosemiotic accounts of meaning, following one thread through Emerson to Nietzsche, another from Peirce and James to Bateson (Ecology of Mind, 1972) and Gibson (Ecological Approch to Visual Perception, 1979), and a third through contemporary indigenous thinkers and anthropologists attempting to bridge scientific ecology and animist panpsychism--Kimmerer, Whyte, Kohn, Ingold, Strathern. While most of the texts here focus on the nature of meaning as a living process, they are also in constant dialogue with normative concerns, being both motivated by subversive or non-humanist ecological values and inspiring distinctive insights about how to lead meaningfully connected lives.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Social Jus)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
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tentatively: selections from BATESON, _STEPS TO AN ECOLOGY OF MIND AND VARELA, THOMPSON AND ROSCH, _THE EMBODIED MIND_; INGOLD, _THE PERCEPTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT_ AND _BEING ALIVE_; KOHN, _HOW FORESTS THINK_; CITTON, _THE ECOLOGY OF ATTENTION; KIMMERER, _BRAIDING SWEETGRASS_; BURKHART, _INDIGENIZING PHILOSOPHY THROUGH THE LAND; DE LA CADENA, _EARTH BEINGS_; WHEELER, _EXPECTING THE EARTH_
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Weekly responses in writing*, plus individual research project.* Each student will be responsible for one hour of discussion in connection with a seminar session, coordinated in advance.
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*Students with experience and depth in a particular discipline or creative practice may arrange to complete some work in alternate genres, with annotations about how this work engages with our readings.
|Instructor(s): Springer,Elise Times: .....F. 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: CFH106; |
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