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This richly varied assortment appears to be like on the modern relevance of the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty to environmental matters and builds a coherent philosophical ecology in line with his inspiration. The individuals describe and study family members in the flora and fauna by way of concentrating on the centrality of kin in Merleau-Ponty's paintings; his inspiration of the bond among humanity and nature; and his novel philosophies of conception, embodiment, and "wild" Being. Eco-phenomenologies of residing areas equivalent to imperative Park in long island urban, Midwestern farmlands, and communal loved ones dwellings of Pacific Northwest Coast individuals are heavily tested. The members additionally discover Merleau-Ponty's philosophy for environmental ethics and improve notions resembling very important values, somatic empathy, and interspecies sociality.

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159), a sort of praxis whereby the present-at-hand is retransformed into a ready-to-hand. But the sight being spoken of is not merely that of the eyes but is also of our skin and muscles. Our skin leaps out of itself to seek this contact with the flesh of the earth, and the world’s flesh comes to include my body. Our work is to “interrogate it according to its own wishes” (VI 133). It is a pleasantly intense bodily interrogation, pleasant because it is the work of being human and a way to belong.

In short, we should be concerned about global climate change because we are mortal, because our vision and our capacity for action are limited, because 32 A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF DANGEROUS THINGS all that we value can be broken or lost. If we practice the humility appropriate to our predicament then a little knowledge of dangerous things may well serve to transform our experience of daily life: even if many of the connections between cause and effect remain obscure to us, we may no longer be able to go about our lives with casual thoughtlessness—drinking coffee, turning on the lights, driving to the multiplex, or flying to conferences—as though our every action were a matter of right.

Global climate change is a theoretical threat par excellence in that even its symptoms are hidden. If it were not for the various media by which scientific knowledge is conveyed to the public, I would have had no idea that the air I breathe now contains 31 percent more carbon dioxide than the air breathed by my eighteenth-century ancestors, and I would not have known that sea level has been rising steadily by about a millimeter a year. If it were not for the concerted efforts of scientists around the world, disparate events—an unusually warm winter here, a particularly strong hurricane there—would have remained disparate events, with no possibility of their adding up to a single environmental threat with a clear set of causes.

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