Ecology: Welcome Home

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Algis Mickunas, PhD – Professor, Department of Philosophy, Ohio University, Ohio, USA
Zilvinas Svigaris – Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Series: Waste and Waste Management; Pollution Science, Technology and Abatement
BISAC: NAT010000; EDU040000; PHI005000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/YOAR3336

“This volume contains a rich panoply of concrete examples and original phenomenological expositions. The book is an original and lucid contribution to the understanding of the critical ecological destruction we are witnessing.” To read the full review, CLICK HERE>>>. – Dr. Alphonso Lingis, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, USA

“A fascinating polyphonic exploration of the possibilities of the work’s subtitle, “Welcome Home” (welcome back home, welcome to your home, to the hospitable place where you feel welcome), this book urges us to become sensitive and attentive to our native Earth—to think and act responsibly and ecologically in the broadest sense, authentically caring for this home so that we ourselves will truly be welcome here.” To read the full review, CLICK HERE>>>. – Dr. Naglis Kardelis, Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University, Lithuania

“This book combines philosophical debates concerning the prevalent conception of “reality” with a broad and principled articulation of the existential challenges confronting humanity, challenges that call for an integral consciousness beyond the ideology of progress and consumption—for a dramatic transformation of our awareness and a new path of living in harmony with the powers of nature and with the world that is our true home. ” To read the full review, CLICK HERE>>>. – Dr. Vytautas Rubavičius, LKTI – Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania


The book combines philosophical depth with a wide and deep discussion covering the essential existential challenges humanity is currently experiencing. Russia’s brutal aggression, which has shaken the world and is trying to destroy Ukraine, has led to a new wave of the global arms race, increasing, and multiplying the problems caused by climate change. Thinkers, philosophers, and scientists of many countries are thinking about what awaits humanity if it does not wake up‑if it does not begin to rethink its path of civilizational development fundamentally. What can help to throw off the shackles of the ideology of economic growth and expansion of consumption? What can help to realize that humans are not the arbitrary rulers of the planet, eating irresponsibly and suicidally its juices, without gratefulness to the earth and sky for the opportunity to settle, live, and bud? Wars and plagues, in their own way, “postpone” the possibility of such a universal vision because it is necessary to deal with daily challenges with existing “means”, including weapons. Still, at the same time, they are increasingly pointing to the necessity of a systematic civilizational transformation. Therefore, ecology is not simply caring for nature and the environment in this book but a broad philosophical and cultural anthropological approach that calls for new thinking and promotes civilizational transformation. The book calls for resurrecting and actualizing the global awareness, spirituality, and holiness that lies in the cultural heritage of humanity, which has been overshadowed by modern scientific and economic rationality, forcing nature, man, and life with countable recyclable resources. The book highlights the civilizational significance of primary awareness (planetary, cosmic, spiritual). It shows in various aspects how important ritual human activity based on the understanding of holiness and divinity is, guaranteeing social order and harmony in the world, society, and the human spirit. The people of earlier civilizations knew how to communicate with the gods and the powers of nature. The knowledge they accumulated must help us overcome the entrenched nature-culture divide that supports the illusion of man’s arbitrary technical omnipotence. The manifestations of such knowledge revealed in the book are concretized in their own way by considering the current problematic nodes in the plane of integral consciousness or integralism, taking into account the logic of modern capitalism. Algis Mickūnas and Žilvinas Svigaris play their philosophical instruments, surprisingly harmoniously complementing each other in such a way that they inevitably involve the reader‑no matter what his or her philosophical or cultural powers of imagination and life experience are, each will inevitably refer to his or her own topic of reflection. After all, global challenges and problems are already in each of our homes.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Algis Mickūnas

Introduction

Chapter 1. The World and Rituals
The Pagans
Rituals
World Awareness
Dimensional Awareness
The Astro-Logos of the Cosmos

Chapter 2. The Home of Attunement
Explanatory Assumptions of Expression
The Immediacy of Expression
Desire for Desire
Variation in Dimensional Awareness
The Appearance of World Moods in Art

Chapter 3. Primary World Awareness: Moods
The Others
Expressive Moods
No Duality
Active Awareness

Chapter 4. Interaction
Situated Awareness
Ontology
Space-Time

Chapter 5. Living in Our Home World
Myth
Sound and Silence

Chapter 6. Language About the World and World Language
Linguistic World Awareness
The Poetics of the World
Home Life
The World of Sounds
Conclusion

Part Two: Žilvinas Svigaris

Introduction

Chapter 1. Ecological Crises
What Causes Ecological Crises?
The Limits of Western Science
The Era of Transformations
The Hero Archetype
What Is “Happiness”?
The Role of Subjectivity
The Intuitive Dimension
Sympathy and Feelings

Chapter 2. Vibrant Awareness
Overcoming Fragmentation
The Ancient World
The Modern World
Alignment of Consciousnesses
The Rationality of Fields

Chapter 3. Empathy
An Empathic Society
Empathic Factors
The Importance of Feelings
Empathic Awareness
The Fallacy of Individuality
The Transformation of Pragmatics
A School for Empathy
Freedom

Chapter 4. Aesthetics
Poetic Aesthetics
Aesthetic Rationality
The World as an Aesthetic Phenomenon
A Look Through the Eyes of an Artist
Heaven and Earth
The Integrity of Aesthetic Consciousness
Musicality
East Asian Aesthetics
Aesthetic Awakening

Chapter 5. Integral Consciousness
Structures of Consciousness
Mythic Consciousness
Mechanism and Organism
Organicist Origins of Theoretical Thinking

Chapter 6. A Civilization of Harmony
A Sustainable Society
Sustainable Science
Humanities
Conclusion

References

Books, Chapters, and Journal Articles

Websites

Index

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