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Premodern Nature and Postmodern Ecology

When: Thu., March 23, 4:30-5:45 p.m. 2017

Carnegie Mellon University’s Carol Brown Lecture Series presents Kelli Robertson, professor, University of Maryland) to discuss what it means to speak for nature. A central tenets of contemporary environmental criticism is “thou shalt not anthropomorphize.” To give a human voice to nature is, according to such critics, to reduce the nonhuman world to a mere reflection of our own desires and needs. And yet what are the alternatives? This talk explores the ethics of speaking in Nature’s voice, its dangers as well as its potential benefits, from medieval views of nature to the European Enlightenment up through recent ecological thinkers.

Price: Free and open to the public.

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