By Shannon Hayes
There's an air that hovers over the twenty-first century, an air that foretells of an forthcoming
ecological disaster. protective practices resembling recycling, and the promoting of the
responsible utilization of ordinary assets, support to sluggish the destruction of the earth, yet they don't remedy its approaching destruction. they don't indicate of the matter, in the direction of a global free of ecological difficulties. This thesis makes an attempt to indicate outwards, in the direction of a special dating among nature and humanity that hopes to reply to the ontological query, “how will we resolve the matter of ecological problems?” With Karl Marx we discover that this query may be replied via the humanity that overturns capitalism. for that reason, in Marx’s early writings we discover an outline of communism, of a society that has conquer the domination and alienation complicit with the capitalist financial system. the following, nature is affirmed concomitantly with humanity. not alienated from the character from which it got here, humanity extends itself to nature unobstructedly. From this intimate relation to nature, humanity is in a privileged place to avoid wasting the character that's essential to retailer itself. the rest of this thesis will interact the severe theories of Theodor Adorno and Ernst Bloch, and the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty, for you to increase a thought of ways we flow in the direction of the actualization of this dream of Marx: the co-affirmation of nature and humanity. during this thesis i am hoping to teach that neither severe conception nor phenomenology is progressive by itself yet that those traditions has to be introduced jointly with a view to have interaction old materialism with the embodied subjectivities that
will function innovative matters.
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It is a 47 “magical relation, a pact” between me and other things, according to which “I lend them my body in order that they inscribe upon it and give me their resemblance” (VI 146). The landscape vibrates within me, and undoubtedly, I vibrate within it. Although there is an element of porosity that exists because of these vibratory resonances, our distance cannot be subsumed through dilation; it is impermeable. What promises of the landscape its alterity, and of my body, its own, is this distance between us.
These metaphors anthropomorphize nature and result in such banal expressions as ‘babbling brook’ or ‘trees dusted with sugar’ (LE 438). They point to a desire to see nature in reference to what is 23 familiar; they amount to a refusal to see nature as strange and horrifying. Bloch writes, “all of nature, as far as possible, is viewed organically, preferably by means of a reduction to ‘home, sweet home’: no wilderness is without decorative lawn dwarves, and no height is abandoned to solitude” (LE 438).
Slow down a boxing match and their punches are mistaken for caresses. “In short, the tempo of slow motion, in comparison to that of fast motion, makes of the most evil document a genial fairy tale (LE 484). But these feelings that are derived from our view of temporal processes are not really my own, they are not really determined by me. But more broadly, within the capitalist framework, I am not really my own anyway insofar as its goals cannot be said to be my own goals. Both space and time can appear reified, insofar as my freedom appears to me to be a weak force towards the project of their transformation.