Matthew Hunt, Sharon O’Brien, Patrick Cadwell, and Dónal P. O’Mathúna
proved useful in overcoming some language barriers, though others
persisted ( Munro, 2013 ).
The Haiti earthquake illustrates the multilingual nature of humanitarian crises and
the importance of translation, as well as the close connection between language and
humanitarian ICT innovations. These features are not unique to the Haiti earthquake,
and many crises occur in contexts where linguistic diversity is greater. A recent
example of the need for translation and interpreting
Recognition and Global Politics examines the potential and limitations of the discourse of recognition as a strategy for reframing justice and injustice within contemporary world affairs. Drawing on resources from social and political theory and international relations theory, as well as feminist theory, postcolonial studies and social psychology, this ambitious collection explores a range of political struggles, social movements and sites of opposition that have shaped certain practices and informed contentious debates in the language of recognition.
Controversial poet Ronald Stuart Thomas was considered to be one of the leading writers of the twentieth century. This book, in three parts, interprets the development of a major theme over Thomas's twenty-seven volumes, probing particular themes and poems with a meticulous insight. The themes of identity, environment, and deity treated reflect the major preoccupations of his life and work. The book presents a comprehensive examination of these major themes as they occur across Thomas's substantial oeuvre, while providing an expanded frame within which the considerable complexity of Thomas's work can be explored. It suggests that such poetic explorations and revelations of identity provide the prima materia of the poetry and form an underlying foundation to Thomas's poetry viewed as a single body of work. Thomas's treatment of the natural world, in particular the theology of nature mysticism vital to much of his work, is then discussed. The book also looks closely at Thomas's increasing preoccupation with science. It explores his philosophical concern with a scientific register for poetry, his own experimentation with that register, his subtle ambivalence towards applied technology, his ongoing critique of 'the machine', and his view of modern physics. Finally, examining Thomas's 'religious poetry', the book re-focuses on the exact nature of his poetic approach to a 'theology of experience' as reflected in his 'mythic' and 'via negativa' modes. It highlights Thomas's 'reconfiguring' of theology, that is, his insistence on the central validity and importance of individual spiritual experience, both as absence and as presence.
analyse this unique signature with particular reference to political theory.
The key element of this signature is ‘nature’. Green political
theory conceives of itself as ‘green’,
‘environmental’ or ‘ecological’ because of
its key focus on nature. Nature is seen as a crucial entity in its own right
– of which we are just a very minor part. Thus, green theory is not a
conventional theory, disinterestedly examining the value
Schelling: art as
the ‘organ of philosophy’
Nature and philosophy
One of the great issues which divides thinkers in modernity is the status of
‘nature’. If nature can no longer be said to have a theological basis, what determines how we are to understand what nature is? Kant’s ambivalence with regard
to ‘nature’ suggest why this issue creates so much controversy. On the one hand,
nature ‘in the formal sense’ is simply that which functions in terms of necessary
laws, and is therefore the object of natural science; on the other, in the form of
organisms and as
3 ‘Green asylum’: the natural world
William Scammell, in the ‘Introduction’ to his anthology This Green
Earth: A Celebration of Nature Poetry (1992), writes that
For the earliest men and women, and perhaps for some remote
tribes still today, nature was not so much an environment (a word
that didn’t get itself invented until the nineteenth century, and
grew tall with the advent of Darwinism) as the ground of being.
Consequently ideas of appreciating, loving, conserving or exploiting it hardly arose. It was simply
beauty to natural teleology, the purposiveness of individual organisms and the possible purposiveness of nature as a whole. In doing
so, however, it threatens to undermine essential tenets of the ﬁrst two Critiques.
The third Critique is not least signiﬁcant because of the ways in which it
informs subsequent attempts in German Idealism to integrate Kant’s philosophy into an overall system, some of which give a major role to aesthetics. The
CJ has, furthermore, become increasingly important in contemporary discussions of Kant’s work, appealing on the one hand to those
One of the ongoing attractions of anarchism is that it constantly raises questions
about the nature of being in ways often sidelined or suppressed by other political perspectives. Why do people rebel against authority? Why do they also feel
compelled to offer alternative solutions to collective problems through co-operation? How interrelated or separate are humans from nature, as well as from very
different human cultures? To what extent are technological systems creating new
forms of identity which are not necessarily liberatory? How can one
‘wild’: nature, chaos and that which needed to be tamed);
the planters’ and intellectuals’ fear of the land
returning to bush; and, in contrast, a growing lyricism in response to
the beauty of the environment in its wild state.
At a practical level, the colonial authorities in St
Vincent were anxious to improve the society and protect it from
contamination by wild
movement is little more than a current fad, or
whether we are all ‘green’ now.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Can the origins of the ecological movement be realistically traced back
to the eighteenth or nineteenth century? How far is ecologism a political ideology and how far a quasi-religious
faith? How far is the green view of man’s place in nature a valid
one? Are the greens correct to adopt such negative