Numer 58 (3/2020)
Toward Climate Justice. Eco-Strategies for Survival

Redaktorzy: Thomas Dutoit, Aleksander Kopka, Katarzyna Szopa

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Thomas Dutoit,
Katarzyna Szopa,
Aleksander Kopka
Editorial
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.1
9 – 11
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Thomas Dutoit
Université de Lille, Francja
Katarzyna Szopa
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Aleksander Kopka
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Luce Irigaray,
Aleksander Kopka
A Glimpse into a True Democracy. An Interview with Luce Irigaray
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.2
13 – 19
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Luce Irigaray
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS, Paryż, Francja
Aleksander Kopka
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Philippe Lynes
World, Earth, Planet: A Time and Place for Nihilation in Ecocriticism
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.3
21 – 43
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Deconstruction | Ecocriticism | Environmental Humanities | Object-Oriented Ontology | Speculative Realism

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This essay argues that opening a space and a time for the questions of ecological, terrestrial and cosmic nihilation in ecocriticism, one that takes seriously the end of the relational notion of ‘world,’ implores us to imagine or invent alternatives for a more just living-together. While speculative realism, and object-oriented ontology in particular, have made important advances in describing the withdrawal of the real from its relations, I suggest that deconstruction affords us a more radical way to think this withholding, particularly where it intersects with the literary. Drawing from two unpublished seminars of Derrida’s, I contrast speculative realist criticism in supernatural horror, romanticism and science fiction with a notion of habituating oneself to nothing; not to the thing, but to its radical and irreversible annihilation.


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Durham University, UK
Aleksander Kopka
Sharing (Out) Democracy. On the Democratic Injunction for Climate Justice
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.4
45 – 68
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language | democracy | environment | Breathing | Climate Justice

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In my paper, I offer a synthesis of several approaches to the question of democracy and interpretations of the notion of sharing (out). By gathering the voices of such thinkers as Luce Irigaray, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy, I argue that truly democratic policies must be thought in terms of sharing (out) and inspired by an insaturable justice. However, as I evidence, democracy cannot be considered apart from the question of climate crisis or our relations to non-human others and the natural environment. Eventually, I come to the conclusion that what those vibrant voices have in common is an emphasis on the question of responsibility for other living beings, affirmation of the singularity of every living being, and deep distrust of capitalist imperialism.


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Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Alice Roberts
Political Responsibility for Climate Change
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.5
69 – 84
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The Climate Crisis | Responsibility | Structural Injustice | Agency | Iris Marion Young

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Global structural injustices are harms caused by structural processes, involving multiple individuals, acting across more than one state. Young develops the concept of ‘political responsibility,’ to allocate responsibility for structural injustice. In this paper, I am going to argue that when considering the climate crisis Young’s model needs to be adapted—to have agency as a basis for allocating political responsibility instead of contribution. This is a more intuitive way to allocate responsibility for the climate crisis given its nature as a threshold problem, and the subtle structural positions occupied by the individuals involved.


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City University of New York, USA
Karen Barad
After the End of the World: Entangled Nuclear Colonialisms, Matters of Force, and the Material Force of Justice
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.6
85 – 113
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Hospitality | Justice | Climate Crisis | Nuclear Colonialism | Matter

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This essay is an invitation to take up the nature and problematics of hospitality in its materiality. It begins and ends with the Marshall Islands, at the crossroads of two great destructive forces: nuclear colonialism and the climate crisis. In the aftermath of sixty-seven US nuclear bomb “tests” visited upon the Marshall Islands, the concrete “dome” built on Runit Island by the US government was an act of erasure and a-void-ance—an attempt to contain and cover over plutonium remains and other material traces of the violence of colonial hospitality that live inside the Tomb (as the Marshallese call it). Taking the physicality of the hostility within hospitality seriously, and going into the core of the theory that produced the nuclear bomb, I argue that a radical hospitality—an infinity of possibilities for interrupting state sanctioned violence—is written into the structure of matter itself in its inseparability with the void.


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University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Leo Courbot
Vatic Environmentalism: Orphic Aesthetics and Ecological Justice
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.7
115 – 135
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Romanticism | Marvelous Realism | Orpheus | Quantum Physics | Environmentalism

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Founded on readings in quantum theory, poststructuralist philosophy, and world literatures, this article argues that an Orphic tradition can be traced over the last two thousand years, translating a history of human response to the environment which has contributed to the poetic formulation of an ecological ethics that we propose to call vatic environmentalism.


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Université de Lille, Francja
Dale Erwin
Nature’s Imagination: Reveries of Connection and Persistence
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.8
137 – 155
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Nature’s Imagination | Sustainability | Material Semiotics | Symbiosis | Becoming | Onto-ecology | Ecosystems

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Nature’s imagination has been conceived in an allegorical or humanist fashion. This paper argues for a natural imagination in actuality as a radical counterpoint to status-quo con-cepts of sustainability. The self-hood of non-human beings and the necessity of connection in the natural world are addressed and related to a philosophy of becoming. This paper insists on a material semiotics constituted through the willful aspect and imaginative capacity of all life forms. Maintaining the primacy of relationship, terra-consciousness may provide an imaginative antidote to our all-too-human alienation from non-human entanglement in the Anthropocene.


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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgia
Julia Fiedorczuk
“Who Was Ever Only Themselves?”—Precocity, Vulnerability, and Interbeing in Forrest Gander’s Be With
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.9
157 – 172
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Vulnerability | mourning | Interbeing | Forrest Gander | Ecopoetics | Geology | Precocity | Entanglement|
Deep Time

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This article aims to read Forrest Gander’s Pulitzer-winning 2018 volume, Be With, in the context of Judith Butler’s notion of vulnerability and the Buddhist concept of interbeing, introduced by Thích Nhất Hạnh. Gander’s search for a poetics of listening reaches a new intensity in Be With, a poetic lament for a deceased beloved. In this groundbreaking work, grief becomes a means of knowing the world where knowledge is understood “not as recitation but as/ the unhinging somatic event” (Gander 2018, 28). The new way of engaging with the world triggers a subjective reconfiguration that leads to the articulation of a deeply empathic poetics of vulnerability which becomes the basis for telling new stories of human, interspecies, and mineral entanglements.


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Uniwersytet Warszawski
Yan Li
Two Problems in Scientific Cognitivism
DOI: 10.19205/58.20.10
173 – 189
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Scientific Cognitivism | Kantian Aesthetics | Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature | Adherent Beauty | Environmental Aesthetics

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I try to interpret the notion of “scientific cognitivism” that can be found in Allen Carlson’s works. I argue first that, contrary to Carlson’s view, scientific knowledge does not play a necessary role in the aesthetic appreciation of nature but may even be detrimental to it. Mark Twain’s aesthetic experience from the perspective of a practical level is exemplary. I argue scientific cognitivism has no plausibility in the appreciation of nature. I then analyze an inappropriate sense of scientific cognitivism in the aesthetic appreciation of nature on a theoretical level, including Kant’s theory and other environmental philosophers such as Hepburn, Zangwill, and Berleant. In conclusion, I claim that scientific cognitivism enables inappropriate aesthetic appreciations of nature.


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Shandong University, Ji’nan, Chiny
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Instytut Filozofii
Grodzka 52
e-ISSN 2544-8242
Uniwersytet Jagielloński
31-044 Kraków