hawkins challenging dominant imagery

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Unformatted text preview: ETHICS & THE ENVIRONMENT, 14(2) 2009 ISSN: 1085-6633 Indiana University Press All rights of reproduction in any form reserved. Direct all correspondence to: Journals Manager, Indiana University Press, 601 N. Morton St., Bloomington, IN 47404 USA iuporder@indiana.edu EXTENDING PLUMWOODS CRITIQUE OF RATIONALISM THROUGH IMAGERY AND METAPHOR RONNIE HAWKINS Val Plumwoods criticism of the ecologically irrational p-centric logic of rationalism, which neglects or denies its dependence on all that is not-p , undercutting its own biological base while denying the illness of the culture it has spawned, is juxtaposed with the clinical picture of the linguistic left hemisphere acting without benefit of input from the more real-time-and-space-centered right. Exploring the metaphor suggests that visual gestalts depicting actual relationships might be effective in draw- ing our industrial cultures collective attention away from its fascination with endless lines of alphabetic characters and abstract numbers multi- plying their way toward infinity, bringing it back to reality and ecological rationality. In illustration, ongoing habitat destruction wrought on the ground as humans follow the detached logic of economic rationalism is seen to reflect, rather than the illusion of eternal growth conveyed by Cartesian axes, the relentless finitude of fractal geometrys Sierpinski gasket. It is hard to know what to say about a warrior who has suddenly disappeared from our ranks. How do you honor someone who was so ETHICS & THE ENVIRONMENT, 14(2) 2009 100 vitally involved with the effort to turn around the destruction of nature when she was so prolific and her body of work was so comprehensive in its scope? There were many dimensions to Val Plumwood, from her keen philosophical thinking to her unflagging solidarity with all the oppressed to her embeddedness within her rainforest home and her strong bonds with nonhuman beings, giving her the courage even to take the side of the crocodile after her close encounter with death in its jaws. To fully reflect upon the richness of her influence would require no less than a book- length project and sufficient time to heal from the shock of her passing, neither of which are possible within the framework of this special issue. After considerable soul searching, I have decided that my most meaning- ful contribution at this time will be a short essay attempting to extend, in certain ways, her incisive critique of what she called rationalism , since it was this constellation of beliefs, attitudes, and actions that she identified as the force behind the devastation being wrought all around us. There is only one illustration in Feminism and the Mastery of Nature (Plumwood 1993, 57), and it is a depiction of the conceptual backbone of classical logic. A narrowly understood, hegemonic reason, p , a.k.a....
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