Imagination and Environmental Political Thought

This book explores and evaluates Henry David Thoreau’s political thought through the lens of a theory of imagination and considers his legacy for later environmental thought.

Imagination and Environmental Political Thought

This book explores and evaluates Henry David Thoreau’s political thought through the lens of a theory of imagination and considers his legacy for later environmental thought. This book will interest anyone curious about Thoreau’s relationship to environmentalism and the intersection of environmental humanities and politics.

Trajectories in Environmental Politics

In this context, I want to make a case in particular for critical and imaginative thought channelled into the wider political discourse through environmental politics scholarship. Perspectives on environmental politics that are ...

Trajectories in Environmental Politics

This book explores the dominant framings and paradigms of environmental politics, the relationship between academic analysis and environmental politics, and reflects on the first thirty years of the journal, Environmental Politics. The book has two purposes. The first is to identify and discuss the key themes that have driven scholarship in the field of environmental politics over the last three decades, and to highlight how this has also led to oversights and silences, and the marginalisation of important forms of analysis and thought. As several chapters in the book explore, problem-solving frameworks have increasingly taken away space from more radical systemic challenge and critique, as the key themes of environmental politics have become ever more central to the field of politics as a whole – and as our understandings of social and environmental crisis become ever clearer and more urgent. The second purpose of the volume is to map out a series of new and developing agendas for environmental politics. The chapters in this volume focus foremost on questions of justice, materiality, and power. Discussing state violence, multispecies justice, epistemic injustice, the circular economy, NGOs, parties, green transition, and urban climate governance, they call above all for greater attention to intersectionality and interdisciplinarity, and for centering key insights about power relations and socio-economic inequalities into increasingly widespread, yet also often depoliticised, topics in the study of environmental politics. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Environmental Politics.

Arcadian Exile

Drawing on the work of Claes Ryn, imagination is here conceived as a form of consciousness that is creative and constitutive of our most basic sense of reality.

Arcadian Exile

The purpose of this dissertation is to correct oversimplified readings of Henry David Thoreau's political thought by elucidating a tension within his imagination. Drawing on the work of Claes Ryn, imagination is here conceived as a form of consciousness that is creative and constitutive of our most basic sense of reality. The imagination both shapes and is shaped by will/desire and is capable of a broad and qualitatively diverse range of intuition which varies depending on one's orientation of will. The criterion for determining the quality of the orientation of will and imagination is experiential reality of a certain kind. The moral and philosophical life constantly involves a struggle between an attunement or will to reality and a revolt against, or an evasion of, reality. The former characterizes the higher will and the corresponding moral imagination, while the revolt or evasion distinguishes the lower will and the idyllic imagination. This study outlines a theory of imagination and applies it to an analysis of the moral-idyllic tension in Thoreau's political thought. Thoreau's preference for an abstract, ahistorical "higher law," his radical concept of autonomy, and his frustration with government and community foster an impractical political thought characteristic of the idyllic imagination. Nevertheless, Thoreau demonstrates a moral imagination by emphasizing the inescapable relationship between the moral order of individuals and the order of political communities. This study further applies the theory of imagination to Thoreau's view of nature and the non-human world. On the idyllic side is the Thoreau who longs for an escape from human community and social obligations by withdrawing to nature, and by idealizing the non-human world as a perfect companion and as divine. On the moral side is the Thoreau that awakens others to the underappreciated sanctity, beauty, mystery and value of nature. Thoreau's overall vision ultimately creates significant problems with which environmentalists still struggle. While Thoreau's emphasis on freedom and the immaterial aspects of human and non-human nature are of considerable value, his abstract political morality, misanthropy and escapism must be resisted both for the sake of environmental well-being and human dignity.

The American Road Trip and American Political Thought

Series Editor: Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State University The Politics, Literature Film series is an ... the American Regime: Political Theory in Literature, by Elizabeth Amato Imagination and Environmental Political Thought: The ...

The American Road Trip and American Political Thought

It’s hard to imagine the American dream without American road trips. This book takes readers on a journey through American road trip stories, revealing that they involve more than mere escapism—that they are an important and long-neglected source of American political thought.

Short Stories and Political Philosophy

Series Editor: Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State University The Politics, Literature, and Film series is an ... Regime: Political Theory in Literature, by Elizabeth Amato Imagination and Environmental Political Thought: The Aftermath ...

Short Stories and Political Philosophy

This book examines the intersection of fictional narratives and political philosophy, focusing specifically on the use of short stories to teach the classic works of political philosophy. It is a resource for scholars and teachers of politics, philosophy, and literature.

Environmental Political Philosophy

Hepburn, R.W., 1996, Landscape and the Metaphysical Imagination, Environmental Values, vol. 5, pp.191–204. Hiskes, R.P., 2009, The Human Right to a Green Future, Cambridge, New York. Hohfeld, W., 1923, Fundamental Legal Conceptions, ...

Environmental Political Philosophy

The need for solutions to environmental problems is urgent. Expanded environmental research and knowledge, along with interest in environmental issues, has focused attention on the social, political, and practical aspects of environmental problems. Environmental Political Philosophy searches for common environmental goals, values, and policies in society. An essential undercurrent in political theory about the environment is that such issues are not questions of efficiency or technology. They cannot simply be addressed through knowledge of processes and mechanics of nature, by boosting or targeting research, or by allocating of resources and development of technology. Neither can they be resolved solely by increasing civic understanding and mounting environmental campaigns or requiring endless eco-friendly actions. A crucial element of environmental political philosophy is highlighted through the studies in this volume, which address the question of what constitutes efficient action or effective decision making. Praxiology commences with empirical orientation, but does so by maintaining the important sense that in the evaluation of actions and policies, ethical considerations must be employed in conjunction with effectiveness and efficiency.

Anthropocene Encounters New Directions in Green Political Thinking

Thus, the very idea of“the environment”has been key for articulating societal concern and structuring political debate. ... imagination invites a wide set of questions about “the political” in relation to environmental politics.

Anthropocene Encounters  New Directions in Green Political Thinking

Explores the significance of the Anthropocene for environmental politics, analysing political concepts in view of contemporary environmental challenges.

Popular Culture and the Political Values of Neoliberalism

Politics, Hollywood Style: American Politics in Film from Mr. Smith to Selma, by John Heyrman Civil Servants on the ... Regime: Political Theory in Literature, by Elizabeth Amato Imagination and Environmental Political Thought: The ...

Popular Culture and the Political Values of Neoliberalism

Reality is made up of absolute and casualty ideals. This book analyzes the lower aspects of absolute ideals that result in personal and social dysfunction and the ultimate end of civilization. Conversely, a society based on casualty and justice is stable and vibrant. It is a classless society, free of gender and ethnic biases.

The Politics of Twin Peaks

... Connolly Seeing through the Screen: Interpreting American Political Film by Bruce E. Altschuler Cowboy Politics: ... Regime: Political Theory in Literature, by Elizabeth Amato Imagination and Environmental Political Thought: The ...

The Politics of Twin Peaks

The strange and wonderful place of Twin Peaks captivated audiences for more than two decades before its long-awaited return to television in 2017. In this edited collection, the authors approach Twin Peaks from a variety of perspectives with the concept of the political at its center.

Baudelaire Contra Benjamin

Politics, Hollywood Style: American Politics in Film from Mr. Smith to Selma, by John Heyrman Civil Servants on the ... Regime: Political Theory in Literature, by Elizabeth Amato Imagination and Environmental Political Thought: The ...

Baudelaire Contra Benjamin

This book offers the first sustained argument against the philosophy of Walter Benjamin and his readings of Charles Baudelaire. Drawing upon the existential insights of Baudelaire it is also a critique of politicized aesthetics, and cultural Marxism, of which Benjamin is a pioneering and emblematic figure.

Theology and Geometry

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime: Political Theory in Literature, by Elizabeth Amato Imagination and Environmental Political Thought: The Aftermath of Thoreau, by Joshua J. Bowman The American Road Trip and American ...

Theology and Geometry

This collection, the first of its kind, brings together specially commissioned academic essays to mark fifty years since the death of John Kennedy Toole.

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory

If an object is not reducible either to “its parts” or to “its 'whole'” (Morton 2013b: 44), then the environment and the ... Challenging this imagination of the environment as a coherent, identifiable thing, Levi Bryant points out that ...

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory

Set at the intersection of political theory and environmental politics, yet with broad engagement across the environmental social sciences and humanities, The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory, defines, illustrates, and challenges the field of environmental political theory (EPT). Featuring contributions from distinguished political scientists working in this field, this volume addresses canonical theorists and contemporary environmental problems with a diversity of theoretical approaches. The initial volume focuses on EPT as a field of inquiry, engaging both traditions of political thought and the academy. In the second section, the handbook explores conceptualizations of nature and the environment, as well as the nature of political subjects, communities, and boundaries within our environments. A third section addresses the values that motivate environmental theorists—including justice, responsibility, rights, limits, and flourishing—and the potential conflicts that can emerge within, between, and against these ideals. The final section examines the primary structures that constrain or enable the achievement of environmental ends, as well as theorizations of environmental movements, citizenship, and the potential for on-going environmental action and change.

Natural States

"The Environmental Imagination in Maine, Oregon, and the Nation" Richard W. Judd ... Building on these traditions — pastoral and wild — the environmental imagination became a mainstream political idea in the early 1970s.

Natural States

Richard Judd and Christopher Beach define the environmental imagination as the attempt to secure 'a sense of freedom, permanence, and authenticity through communion with nature.' The desire for this connection is based on ideals about nature, wilderness, and the livable landscape that are personal, variable, and often contradictory. Judd and Beach are interested in the public expression of these ideals in post-World War II environmental politics. Arguing that the best way to study the relationship between popular values and politics is through local and regional records, they focus on Maine and Oregon, states both rich in natural beauty and environmentalist traditions, but distinct in their postwar economic growth. Natural States reconstructs the environmental imagination from public commentary, legislative records, and other documents. Judd and Beach trace important divisions within the environmental movement, noting that they were balanced by a consistent, civic-minded vision of environmental goods shared by all. They demonstrate how tensions from competing ideals sustained the movement, contributed to its successes, but also limited its achievements. In the process, they offer insight into the character of the broader environmental movement as it emerged from the interplay of local, state, and national politics. The study ends in the 1970s when spectacular legislative achievements at the national level were masking a decline in mainstream civic engagement in state politics. The authors note the rise of the private ecotopia and the increasing complexity in the way Americans viewed their connections with the natural world. Yet, today, despite wide variations in beliefs and lifestyles, a majority of Americans still consider themselves to be environmentalists. In Natural States, environmental politics emerges less as a conflict between people who do and do not value nature, and more as a debate about the way people define and then chose to live with nature. In their attempt to place the passion for nature within a changing political and cultural context, Judd and Beach shed light on the ways that ideals unify and divide the environmental movement and act as the source of its enduring popularity.

Environmental Political Theory

As a professional political theorist who studies ideas for a living, it may seem particularly disingenuous for me to ... When our imaginations are impoverished of fruitful ideas or are trapped in conventional ones, our possibilities ...

Environmental Political Theory

Our politics is intimately linked to the environmental conditions - and crises - of our time. The challenges of sustainability and the discovery of ecological limits to growth are transforming how we understand the core concepts at the heart of political theory. In this essential new textbook, leading political theorist Steve Vanderheiden examines how the concept of sustainability challenges – and is challenged – by eight key social and political ideas, ranging from freedom and equality to democracy and sovereignty. He shows that environmental change will disrupt some of our most cherished ideals, requiring new indicators of progress, new forms of community, and new conceptions of agency and responsibility. He draws on canonical texts, contemporary approaches to environmental political theory, and vivid examples to illustrate how changes in our conceptualization of our social aspirations can inhibit or enable a transition to a just and sustainable society. Vanderheiden masterfully balances crystal clear explanation of the essentials with cutting-edge analysis to produce a book that will be core reading for students of environmental and green political theory everywhere.

Picturesque Literature and the Transformation of the American Landscape 1835 1874

Buell , The Environmental Imagination . See also Joshua Bowman , Imagination and Environmental Political Thought : The Aftermath of Thoreau ( New York : Lexington Books , 2018 ) . 82. Henry David Thoreau , “ Walking , " Excursions , ed ...

Picturesque Literature and the Transformation of the American Landscape  1835 1874

Picturesque Literature and the Transformation of the American Landcape, 1835-1874 recovers the central role that the picturesque, a popular mode of scenery appreciation that advocated for an improved and manipulated natural landscape, played in the social, spatial, and literary history of mid-nineteenth century America. It argues that the picturesque was not simply a landscape aesthetic, but also a discipline of seeing and imaginatively shaping the natural that was widely embraced by bourgeois Americans to transform the national landscape in their own image. Through the picturesque, mid-century bourgeois Americans remade rural spaces into tourist scenery, celebrated the city streets as spaces of cultural diversity, created new urban public parks, and made suburban domesticity a national ideal. This picturesque transformation was promoted in a variety of popular literary genres, all focused on landscape description and all of which trained readers into the protocols of picturesque visual discipline as social reform. Many of these genres have since been dubbed "minor" or have been forgotten by our literary history, but the ranks of the writers of this picturesque literature include everyone from the most canonical (Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Emerson, and Poe), to major authors of the period now less familiar (such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Lydia Maria Child, Nathaniel Parker Willis, and Margaret Fuller), to those now completely forgotten. Individual chapters of the book link picturesque literary genres to the spaces that the genres helped to transform and, in the process, create what is recognizably our modern American landscape.

Political Theory and the Environment

Everything one needs to capture a star gazer's imagination . Still , as has become increasingly familiar in the last few decades , the lights of the city do not ignite the romantic imaginations of us all . The rise of environmental ...

Political Theory and the Environment

This collection offers a sympathetic but critical perspective on contemporary ecological political theory, and gives proposals for a reorientation of some of its key aspects.

Maine s Place in the Environmental Imagination

The Maine Woods makes abundant references to not only politics but also political theory (including the nature of civil society, the government, and the citizen), and yet these subjects seem to have been completely disregarded by ...

Maine s Place in the Environmental Imagination

The essays in Maine’s Place in the Environmental Imagination address – from a variety of perspectives – how Maine’s unique identity among the states of the United States has been formed, and what that identity is: A place that is still imagined by others primarily through its environmental associations, its “nature” and landscape, rather than through its social arrangements and human history. The collection attempts a foundational study, not of a regional literature, but of a state literature. In doing so, it makes the case that Maine was constructed imaginatively and environmentally through its literature, and that this image is the one that endures even now. The essays suggest how this identity was formed, by discussing writings ranging from the recently recovered work of Joseph Nicolar, a member of the Penobscot Nation in the late 19th century, to the contemporary Maine author Carolyn Chute; from Thoreau’s canonical essay, “Ktaadn,” to the modernist E.B. White, whose works have an under-appreciated environmental project. Contributors include scholars Nathaniel Lewis, Annette Kolodny, Linda Kornasky, Daniel Malachuk, Kent Ryden, and Lynn Wake

Engaging the Everyday

viii Acknowledgments the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (2012–2013). ... 4) was published in February 2009 as “The Concept of Private Property and the Limits of the Environmental Imagination,” Political Theory 37, no.

Engaging the Everyday

An argument that environmental challenges will only resonate with citizens of affluent postindustrial countries if sustainability concerns emerge from everyday practices.

Postcolonialism and Political Theory

See Ashis Nandy , “ The Decline in the Imagination of the Village , ” in Dissenting Knowledges , Open Futures : The ... “ There Must Be Some Way Out of Here : Strategy , Ethics and Environmental Politics , ” in A Political Space , ed .

Postcolonialism and Political Theory

Postcolonialism and Political Theory explores the intersection between the political and the postcolonial through an engagement with, critique of, and challenge to some of the prevalent, restrictive tenets and frameworks of Western political and social thought. It is a response to the call by postcolonial studies, as well as to the urgent need within world politics, to turn towards a multiplicity-largely excluded from globally dominant discourses of community, subjectivity, power and prosperity-constituted by otherness, radical alterity, or subordination to the newly reconsolidated West. The book offers a diverse range of essays that re-examine and open the boundaries of political and cultural modernity's historical domain; that look at how the racialized and gendered and cultured subject visualizes the social from elsewhere; that critique the limits of postcolonial theory and its claim to celebrate diversity; and that complicate the notion of postcolonial politics within settler societies that continue to practice exile of the indigenous. Postcolonialism and Political Theory is an ideal book for graduate and advanced undergraduate level study and for those working both disciplinarily and interdisciplinarily, both inside and outside academia.

Explorations in Environmental Political Theory Thinking About What We Value

Biosphere Politics: A New Consciousness for a New Century. New York: Crown, 1991. Sagoff, Mark. The Economy of the Earth: Philosophy, Law, and the Environment. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1989. Sale, Kirkpatrick.

Explorations in Environmental Political Theory  Thinking About What We Value

The contributors to this volume focus on the political and value issues that, in their shared view, underlie the global environmental crisis facing us today. They argue that only by transforming our dominant values, social institutions and way of living can we avoid ecological disaster.