Animism, spirit and environmental activism

by Myers, Brendan

Abstract (Summary)
Animism, Spirit, and Environmental Activism Brendan Myers University of Guelph, 2000 Advisors: Prof. Peter Loptson, Prof. John McMurtry. The first chapter presents Animism as a coherent foundational principle for environmental philosophy. Beginning with an examination of what spirit means to indigenous people. 1 offer a revision of classical animism, called " global animism " . Three general principles constitute global animism: motion and transience, energy and connectivity, and a global Iife-seeking purposiveness, called The Will to Life. The second chapter explores how the Will to Life can mistake itself. Parasitism is the Will to Life in self-negating pathological disorder. Certain human activities must be characterized as parasitism, because of their destructiveness. An " activist sequence " explains why environmental activisrn, including and especially radical and confrontational activism, is a needed force to hait the destruction of the environment. Finally, a guiding ethical principle called the " activists' imperative " argues that we are called upon to disobey the demands of disordered social institutions. The environmental activist is a catalyst for the rectification of the disordered Will to Life.
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Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:01/01/2001

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