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Nature_and_Environment.28

Human Ecology

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{Nature_and_Environment.28.4}: James River Martin {rivertree} Sat, 18 Sep 2004 16:14:57 CDT (40 lines)

{Philosophy.502.583}:

Carl,

Earlier, you said you didn't get why ecology was being called "the
subversive science". Allow me to offer one reason ecology does tend
to be subversive. (I will make my comments brief at this time, but
one could elaborate on the point at great length.)

Subversive of what?

Ecology *can* be subversive of (or toward) economistically oriented
theory in economics and other social sciences, politics, business,
education, and philosophy (etc.). Of course, rather like anthropology
can be so appropriated, ecology can also serve the dominant regime --
which I am claiming to be economism.

Look at it like this, for example:

"The term was coined in 1866 by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel
from the Greek oikos meaning 'house' and logos meaning 'science.'"

  from http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Ecology

It is considered a commonplace that a divided house will tend to fall.
Economistic economics is not grounded in the common root, the common
house, in which economics and ecology would be a continous and
integrated approach to 'the household' -- to life in theory and
practice.

To root [the word 'radical' is rooted to the word root, in Latin]
economics, and therefore all of politics and social theory and
practice, in a single, undivided, common house -- oikos -- is to
be "a radical". To return to the root/s. Radicalism is subversive to
shallow economics, and thus shallow social theory and shallow
politics.

It is radical for a human to acknowledge that she is an animal. This
is the fundamental beginning insight of human ecology, without which
no subversive science of ecology would be possible or meaningful.

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