Reframing Tacit Human-Nature Relations

An Inquiry into Process Philosophy and the Philosophy of Michael Polanyi

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Abstract

To combat the ecological crisis, fundamental change is required in how humans perceive nature. This paper proposes that the human-nature bifurcation, a metaphysical mental model that is deeply entrenched and may be environmentally unsound, stems from embodied and tacitly-held substance-biased belief systems. Process philosophy can aid us, among other things, in providing an alternative framework for reinterpreting this bifurcation by drawing an ontological bridge between humans and nature, thus providing a coherent philosophical basis for sustainable dwelling and policy-making. Michael Polanyi's epistemology can further help us understand these environmentally-oriented tacit processes of knowing, and also provide a basis for the political and educational implementation of process-philosophical insights, particularly via the nudging of mental models.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Values
Volume27
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)179-201
Number of pages23
ISSN0963-2719
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5142 Social policy

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Reframing Tacit Human-Nature Relations : An Inquiry into Process Philosophy and the Philosophy of Michael Polanyi . / Kaaronen, Roope Oskari.

In: Environmental Values, Vol. 27, No. 2, 01.04.2018, p. 179-201.

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