Absent Environments: Theorising Environmental Law and the by Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

By Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Supplying a unique, transdisciplinary method of environmental legislation, its rules, mechanics and context, as validated in its software to the city setting, this e-book strains the conceptual and fabric absence of conversation among the human and the normal and controversially contains such a lack inside of a process of legislations and a method of geography which successfully stay closed to environmental issues. The booklet seems at Niklas Luhmann's thought of autopoiesis. Introducing the main suggestions and operations, contextualizing them and establishing them as much as severe research. certainly, not like such a lot discussions on autopoiesis, it proposes a greatly assorted examining of the idea, in accordance with severe criminal, political, sociological, city and ecological theories, whereas drawing from writings by means of Husserl and Derrida, in addition to Latour, Blanchot, Haraway, Agamben and Nancy. It explores various subject matters within the components of environmental legislation and concrete geography, together with: environmental possibility, environmental rights, the precautionary precept, intergenerational fairness and concrete waste discourses on group, nature, technology and identification. the writer redefines the conventional foundations of environmental legislation and concrete geography and indicates an intensive method of facing medical lack of understanding, cultural transformations and environmental degradation in the perceived desire for felony supply of walk in the park.

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139 This hierarchical technique of drawing distinctions results in an anticipated prioritisation of the one side, which is the very side from which the distinction is being drawn. Colonisation of the other side is momentarily avoided since the impression is one of a form, namely a contingent copresence of both sides where no predetermined starting or finishing point exists. But the distinction is made on the terrain of the one who draws it. ’140 Even before the conflict, the wrong suffered, or indeed the language, comes the choice of language, and that, in the case of differend, is reserved for the one whose language is chosen.

Luhmann, 2004:147. ‘There is no longstanding social consensus about the central question of modern environmentalism – the “correct” human stewardship – relationship to the natural world. Thus, any new relationship has to be created not recognized’ (Tarlock, 2004:223). 129 See below, Chapter 4, specifically on the precautionary principle as presumption in the face of uncertainty. 130 Luhmann, 1989b: 63–75; also 1993a. 34 Absent environments in the form of inclusion of geographical and historical considerations in the topological self-description of the system.

This has the potentially useful but more often debilitating consequence of considering everything more or less environmental. 96 This book is, unfortunately, an unsatisfying affair. In it, Luhmann describes the general operations of several systems, and occasionally looks at how the environmental crisis is internalised by them. However, the book reads more like a consolidation (a very good one at that) of the theory at that particular stage of thinking, rather than an actual engagement with ecology.

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