"Rethinking the Relations of Nature, Culture and Agency"

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Environmental Values (journal)

Murphy, Patrick D. “Rethinking the Relations of Nature, Culture and Agency.” Environmental Values 1, no. 4, (1992): 311–320. doi:10.3197/096327192776680025.

Beginning with a critique of the Enlightenment human/nature dualism, this essay argues for a new conception of human agency based on culturopoeia and an application of an ecofeminist dialogic method for analysing human-nature relationships, with the idea of volitional interdependence replacing ideas of free will and determinism. Further, it posits that we need to replace the alienational model of otherness based on a psychoanalytic model with a relational model of anotherness based on an ecological model, and concludes by encouraging attention to developing bioregional natured cultures in place of nation states and multinational corporations.

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