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Re-animating the universe: Environmental education and philosophical animism

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2009
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Author: Bai, Heesoon
Abstract
I argue, along with other theorists, that Plato and Descartes made a decisive, immense, and enduring contribution to the creation of the disembedded and disembodied self and its attendant de-animated consciousness in the west. Based on the insight gained from the first task, my second task is to explore a way to reanimate our disembodied perception. Can we do our perception differently so that the world may appear to us in its full intrinsic worth or, to speak in a more metaphysical language, in its numinous presence of Being? In answering this question, I suggest that the key to altering our normally disembodied perception is reversing the habiitual superimposition of the conceptual over the perceptual. What could this seeminly esoteric sounding practice mean? A detailed explication of this practice awaits us in this chapter.
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Bai, H. (2009). Re-animating the universe: Environmental education and philosophical animism. In M. McKenzie, H. Bai, P. Hart & B. Jickling (Eds.), Fields of green: Restorying culture, environment, education (pp. 135–151). New Jersey: Hampton Press.
Publication title
Fields of green: Restorying culture, environment, education
Document title
Re-animating the universe: Environmental education and philosophical animism
Editor
M. McKenzie, H. Bai, P. Hart, and B. Jickling
Publisher
Hampton Press
Date
2009
First page
135
Last page
151
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Yes
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English
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