Organism and Environment: Inheritance and Subjectivity in the Life Sciences (Paperback)Russell Winslow (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 221 x 151 x 18 mm
The question of "Life" has never been more pressing than in the current context of climate change, species loss, and what is now called the Anthropocene: all of which force upon us the need to rethink questions of community and ethical responsibility beyond the purview of homo sapiens. Referencing new work on the microbiome, developmental systems theory, and epigenetics (just to name a few), Russell Winslow's book is an immensely readable and broadly informed contribution to thinking these questions anew by moving beyond the neo-Darwinian reductionist paradigm. A welcome-and overdue-contribution to the growing literature on "posthumanism." -- Cary Wolfe, Director, 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory, Rice University; author of What Is Posthumanism? (2010) and Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (2013).
Winslow's philosophical study of the discourse of modern and contemporary biology is lucid, measured, precise, and refreshing. Along with incisive discussions of figures ranging from Heidegger and Canguilhem to Foucault and Simondon, he introduces a hermeneutic frame derived from Gadamer that effectively delineates and distinguishes among a series of ontological prejudices that "subtend" evolutionary and ecological ideas from Darwin to the present moment. Organism and Environment provides persuasive arguments for the significant contributions of ecological trends in recent biology to ongoing debates over the cultural meanings of posthumanism. -- Bruce Clarke, professor of Literature and Science, Texas Tech University, USA; co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science
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