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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
2016 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Ecoromanticism has been ridiculed at the same time as the last 50 years of biology has been claimed to provide us with ‘the meaning of life’ (Macleay museum, 2012). The scientification of Nature, with abstractions of Nature’s spatiality and institutionalisation of its values, also supports the current natural scientific definition of our experiential worlds.The possible trace of past poetic and erotic experiences of Nature (Emerson, 1873) in predictions of climate catastrophes (Jonas, 1984:190), the general turn to cybernetics (also see Bateson, 1979; Introduction to 'Soul and Science', 2014) and critique of determinism in far-from-equilibrium thinking (Prigogine, 1989), therefore seems important to address with contemporary realities of complexity in mind (e.g. see \ Walker and Cooper, 2011). Not least since such frameworks for understanding ‘complex systems’ and ‘patterns of life’ have been transferred to various human domains, such as organisation studies.

The bioscenic feast we have been invited to the last 50 years, and which for the moment offers us an exposure to instabilities and insecurity, could become something else than the leftovers we so far have to live on in the seemingly indissoluble congealment of a reverence for nature with a natural scientific bent. A comparison of the discursive constructions of Nature and human since Emerson (1873, 2013) can perhaps resurrect the metaphysical, prophetic and imaginative that has been withdrawn from life lived adaptively in quests for human resilience (Evans & Reid, 2014). By first tracing the accelerating scientification of Nature and its nurturing of all-encompassing biospheric life ecologically speaking, I thus end by extricating the remains of the human from the ‘biohuman’, i.e. the human targeted and vitalized as mere ‘biological being’ (Dillon & Reid, 2009:20), by resurrecting an immeasurable, self-possessive and selectively interconnected human for Ecoticism.

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Ethics, Human-nature relations, Instabilities, Natural science, Religion
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Engineering and Technology Other Social Sciences
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Business Studies; Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-293580DiVA: diva2:928008
11:th Organization Studies Summer Workshop on Spirituality, Symbolism and Storytelling. 21-24 May, Greece.
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