Category: Commentary

Posts discussing social and political issues of interest

Three Options at the End of Civilisation as We Know It

Samuel Alexander:  Any of these three options outlined in this book will involve a transformation of such extreme magnitude that what emerges will no longer in any meaningful sense be this civilisation: the change will be the kind of extreme conceptual and existential magnitude that Thomas Kuhn, the philosopher of ‘paradigm-shifts’, calls ‘revolutionary’. Thus, one [...]
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The Philosophical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis—Lynn White

Michael Paul Nelson of Oregon State University, together with Thomas J. Sauer of the US Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service, reminds us of the prescient words of Lynn White, a historian of medieval science and technology, when he delivered a lecture on the 'Historic Roots of Our Ecological Crisis' in March 1966 at the [...]
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