Rekindling Life: A Common Front

Author:   B Morizot ,  Catherine Porter
Publisher:   Polity Press
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9781509549276


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   24 June 2022
Format:   Hardback
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As the environmental crisis accelerates, we can easily feel overwhelmed, but our feeling of powerlessness is partly due to a misunderstanding of the natural world. We tend to think of nature as a cathedral on fire, like Notre Dame engulfed in flames. But the living world is not a cathedral on fire - if it were, the battle would already be lost. The living world is itself a fire that reconstitutes itself continuously and creates countless forms of life as soon as we leave it the space and time to do so. So the problem we face today is not to stop the fire - rather, it is how to defend and rekindle the embers of life that are all around us. Drawing lessons from conservationist initiatives aimed at allowing the natural forces of forests to take over again through a process of free evolution, and from agro-ecological farming initiatives which make lands hospitable for wildlife, Baptiste Morizot shows how specific actions can release the prodigality of life, its jungle-like power to regenerate itself. Actions like these are possible because the power of the living world lies in its abundance and creativity: the biosphere is a living fire that covers the earth, and it can always start up again if we know how to defend and kindle its embers.

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Author:   B Morizot ,  Catherine Porter
Publisher:   Polity Press
Imprint:   Polity Press
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 2.40cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.354kg
ISBN:  

9781509549276


ISBN 10:   1509549277
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   24 June 2022
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Chapter One: Give us a lever and a fulcrum Chapter Two: Anatomy of a lever, a case study: hearths of free evolution Chapter Three: The embers of life Chapter Four: Realigning alliances Chapter Five: Making maps differently: dealing with disagreements Chapter Six: Conclusion: the living world defends itself Works Cited Notes

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Metaphysics used to be the search for unifying principles carried out by armchair philosophers. What happens when the definition of what the world is made up of is practically disputed by endless numbers of ordinary citizens? That's when you need a field philosopher like Baptiste Morizot, who uses the skills of his trade to mediate between controversies, and who attempts to invent new diplomatic tools. The common world is still very far away, but this is a decisive starting point. Bruno Latour


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Baptiste Morizot teaches philosophy at Aix-Marseille University

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