Parte de la naturaleza: sobre el cuerpo como potencia compositiva

Merçon, Juliana (2012) Parte de la naturaleza: sobre el cuerpo como potencia compositiva. Perspectiva, 30 2: 473-496.

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Author Merçon, Juliana
Title Parte de la naturaleza: sobre el cuerpo como potencia compositiva
Translated title Part of nature: reflections on the body as a compositive power
Language of Title spa
Journal name Perspectiva   Check publisher's open access policy
Translated journal name Perspective
Language of Journal Name spa
ISSN 0102-5473
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 473
End page 496
Total pages 24
Place of publication Florianopolis, SC, Brazil
Publisher Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina * Centro de Ciencias da Educacao
Collection year 2013
Language spa
Formatted abstract
Among the constellation of myths that
have contributed to the current socioecological
crisis is the belief that we are
substantial or atomized individuals whose
lives somehow evolve separately from the
environment that we try to “control”.
Ignorance in relation to our ontological
interdependence lies at the base of many
of our (self )destructive attitudes and has
been reinforced by various theoretical
systems throughout Western history.
At the margin of Platonic dualisms,
Judaic-Christian transcendences, and the
Cartesian cogito, Benedictus de Spinoza’s
(1632-1677) philosophy invites us to
rethink the foundations of our complex
reality. My purpose in this paper is to
construct productive relations between
some dimensions of his philosophy,
environmental thought and education.
We begin with Spinoza’s conception
of the body, which is defined by both
its productive or causal power and its
sensitive or receptive power. The human
body’s relational and affective character
will also allow us to consider it as a
compositive power. In deconstructing
the dichotomy between nature and
culture, I propose that we reflect upon
the effects that human-technological
compositions have on our power to think
and act. In conclusion, I will comment
on the empowering role of education
to integrate epistemic, ethical, political
and environmental dimensions of our
existence, and to show us that we are,
after all, interdependent parts of Nature.
Keyword Philosophy
Environment and education
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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