Love and ecology as an integrative force for good and as resistance to the commodification of nature and planetary harms: Introducing Fluminism.

Battson, Ginny (2018) Love and ecology as an integrative force for good and as resistance to the commodification of nature and planetary harms: Introducing Fluminism. Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

Key planetary boundaries are being exceeded by anthropogenic impacts, and at some pace (Rockstrom, et al). Climate change and biodiversity decline, consequences of hu-man/nature discordance, are impacting all aspects of human and non-human life and in all places on the planet. Human dominion has extended in the form of socio-political orientation towards the globalised, capitalist economy, and in particular to the ‘tragedy’ of limitless growth (Plumwood, Castree). In the UK, the principal approach to nature conservation from the scientific community is now hegemonic financialisation and Nat-ural Capital accounting (Daily, et al), a glove to fit the neoliberal ‘invisible hand’ (Adam Smith). Depersonalisation and reductionism persists as non-human nature is simply deemed utility to humans ~ Natural Resources ~ when in fact nature is an ever dynamic and complex matrix/flow, of individual lives and supporting elements, forming inter-connections, of which we are a part. I present Fluminism, a new love ethic and philo-sophical position, alternative to biocentrism (Taylor), ecocentrism (Naess) and anthro-pocentrism (Passmore), and innately insubordinate to the consumption patterns of a di-visive and distorted socio-political and economic value system. Emotion and rationale are inseperable (Milton), and in terms of axiology, love is largely incommensurable with commodification and, therefore, I propose Fluministic love serves to resist the debasing of nature by market force. I defend the use of neologisms and introduce Spring Theory to help redefine human language as evolutionary and part of the flow.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Lesley Cresswell
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 13:22
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2021 13:22
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1766

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