Hybrid Geographies critically examines the "opposition" between nature and culture, the material and the social, as represented in scientific, environmental and popular discourses. Demonstrating that the world is not an exclusively human achievement, Hybrid Geographies reconsiders the relation between human and non-human, the social and the material, showing how they are intimately and variously linked.
Chapter 7: Geographies of/for a More Than Human World: Towards a Relational Ethics
Geographies of/for a More Than Human World: Towards a Relational Ethics
Through exclusively social contracts, we have abandoned the bond that connects us to the world…. What language do the things of the world speak that we might come to an understanding of them contractually? … In fact, the Earth speaks to us in terms of forces, bonds and interactions … each of the partners in symbiosis thus owes … life to the other, on pain of death. (Michel Serres, 1995: 39)
The Place of Ethics
The modernist ideals of universal democracy and justice realized through legislative regimes centred on individual rights have been the subject of sustained feminist and environmentalist critiques, reinvigorating political and philosophical interest ...