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ERIC Number: EJ1171822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Connectivity Thinking, Animism, and the Pursuit of Liveliness
Rose, Deborah Bird
Educational Theory, v67 n4 p491-508 Aug 2017
In this essay, Deborah Bird Rose takes up Val Plumwood's challenge that Western thought needs radical revitalization by pursuing the liveliness of the biosphere and human ontologies of connectivity. The first part looks at obstacles to the West's understanding of Earth as a place of lively, interactive connectivities that promote diversity, complexity, and relationality. In this context Rose offers a brief overview of Indigenous animisms. The second part explores the question of liveliness. It is taken as given that the West now seeks ontological legitimacy in science, and so this discussion focuses on what biological scientists have contributed to contemporary ontology wars. The third part examines trauma in the Garden of Eden narrative, highlighting both the disaster of the story and its continuing relevance. Drawing on the work of theologians, in particular, Rose seeks in this section to recuperate a mythic foundation for a Western animism from within that great site of loss.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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