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- DescriptionThere have been many Spizas over the centuries: atheist, romantic pantheist, great thinker of the multitude, advocate of the liberated individual, and rigorous rationalist. The common thread connecting all of these clashing perspectives is Spiza's naturalism, the idea that humanity is part of nature, t above it. In this sophisticated new interpretation of Spiza's icoclastic philosophy, Hasana Sharp draws on his uncompromising naturalism to rethink human agency, ethics, and political practice. Sharp uses Spiza to outline a practical wisdom of renaturalization , showing how ideas, actions, and institutions are never merely products of human intention or design, but outcomes of the complex relationships among natural forces beyond our control. This lack of a metaphysical or moral division between humanity and the rest of nature, Sharp contends, can provide the basis for an ethical and political practice free from the tendency to view ourselves as either gods or beasts. Sharp's groundbreaking argument critically engages with important contemporary thinkers - including deep ecologists, feminists, and race and critical theorists - making Spiza and the Politics of Renaturalization vital for a wide range of scholars.
- Author BiographyHasana Sharp is assistant professor of philosophy at McGill University.
- Author(s)Hasana Sharp
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication13/09/2011
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
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