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A Defense for the Concept of Nature

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The concept of nature is under attack from a number of contemporary researchers on ecology. This seems alarming in light of the current struggle to establish the anthropogenic, i.e., non-natural origin of climate change and mass extinction. This paper selects three examples of ‘nature denial’ by influential writers—Steven Vogel, Timothy Morton, and Bruno Latour—and tries to show that without a concept of nature, their theories are incoherent. Finally, the paper turns to Gernot Böhme for a philosophy of body and nature that can evade the aporias in which the three other writers are entangled.
Translated title of the contributionEt forsvar for naturbegrebet
Original languageEnglish
JournalDanish Yearbook of Philosophy
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jul 2022

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