Thoreau in an Age of Crisis reconsiders the relevance of 19th-century-American naturalist, philosopher, and social reformer Henry David Thoreau to our troubled present.
This new anthology collects the work of fourteen leading scholars from various disciplines. They consider Thoreau’s life and work in light of contemporary concerns regarding racism, climate change, environmental policy, and political strife. They review Thoreau’s trajectory as a scientist and literary artist, as well as his evolving attitudes toward Native American cultures. Its essaysists also consider Thoreau’s acoustics, concepts of play, and impact on later writers. Most provocatively, they reveal a vulnerable and empathetic Thoreau, a far cry from the distanced and misanthropic critic often portrayed in popular culture.
When the Werner Reimers Foundation organized a colloquium on Human Ethology in 1977, it was about Claims and Limits of a New Discipline as a bridge between biology and the social sciences and humanities. As a lost discipline, however, the interdisciplinary approach to ethology only takes shape in a dispersed dispositif.
This is the framing argument, which derives from the nucleus of ethology, namely that the starting point of all knowledge is the body in its possibilities of movement in time and space to affect and be affected. In their essays (English or German), the contributors to this collection have worked through the heterogeneity of ethological thought – from Spinoza to Jakob von Uexküll, Gregory Bateson, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Philippe Descola, or Isabelle Stengers – and practice – as, for example in the works of Virginia Woolf or Marcel Beyer – and have taken it as an opportunity to relocate ethology, 1. as an “Immanent Ecology”, 2.in the discussion of Anthropological Contrasts”, 3. in “Ethological Interferences and Practices”.
Interdisziplinäre Studien zu Randgebieten der Wissenschaft in der Moderne: Wie muss etwas Neues beschaffen sein, damit es im Wissenschaftssystem verankert werden kann?
Unter welchen Umständen werden wissenschaftliche Heterodoxien als Innovationen anerkannt, als Minderheitenpositionen toleriert oder als Aberrationen abgelehnt? Welche Prozesse begünstigen die Integration alternativer Theorien in ein dominantes Paradigma, welche begünstigen ihre Marginalisierung? Diesen Fragen geht der Band „Wissenschaftliche Heterodoxien in der Moderne“ nach.