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Law, Philosophy and Ecology: Exploring Re-Embodiments

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Edited by: Ruth Thomas-Pellicer, Vito De Lucia, Sian Sullivan

ISBN13: 9781138852877
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book explores the failure of established institutions to challenge the categorical centrality of ‘Western Man’ to modernity. This failure can be linked to a fundamental tension between the tired assumptions of modernism and the urgent needs of a complex age characterized by eco-crises: a tension in which mainstream social and legal theory are, by and large, still implicated.

Against this background, the central conviction of this collection is that the categorical position of ‘Man’ is in the process of being eroded, such that Western/ised anthropocentrism can no longer operate as point of reference for theory. More specifically, the contributors to this volume explore the (impossible) disembodiment of the human from planetary eco-cycles and bio-rhythms.

Building on the compelling critiques emerging from ecofeminism, political economy, ethno-ecology and some strands of legal theory, this collection provides both a sustained interrogation of disembodied forms of living. And in so doing, it advocates a re-embodiment of the human, and a re-embedding of human understandings and practices in the fact of our bio-material existence.

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Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
1. Introduction, Ruth Thomas-Pellicer and Vito De Lucia

PART I: BEYOND MODERNITY
2. Beyond Modernism and Postmodernism: The Grand Narrative of the Age of Re-Embodiments, Arran Gare
3. Ethno-Ecology and Re-Embodiment: Indigenous Peoples, Biocultural Memory and Alternative Modernity, Victor M. Toledo
4. What is the Age of Re-Embodiments, or The Victorious Assertion of Loci Standi over the Barbarism of Instrumenta Movendi, Ruth Thomas-Pellicer
5. Reclaiming Authenticity and Ethics: An Eco-feminist Vision of Re-Embodiment, Madronna Holden

PART II: THE SACRED DIMENSION
6. Towards a Deconstruction of Leadership and Cosmology: The Re-Embodiment of the Sacred, Ali Young
7. From Enlightenment to Enchantment: Changing the Question, Patrick Curry
8. ‘A Brutalising Worship of Nature’? On the Immanent Embodied Ecology of Becoming-Animist, Sian Sullivan
9. The Knowing Body: Eco-Paganism as an Embodying Practice, Adrian Harris

PART III: THE LEGAL DIMENSION
10. Re-Embodiment and the Perspective of the Commons, Vito de Lucia
11. Graffiti Artists and Guerrilla Gardeners: Challenging our Understandings of Property Law, Sue Ferran
12. Autonomous Legal Persons and Interconnected Ecosystems: Paradox or Possibility?, Alessandro Pelizzon and Gabrielle O’Shannessy
13. Between Vulnerability and Resilience: Adapting the Body to Climate Change Impacts, Lee Godden