Ecological thinking: Schopenhauer, J.M. Coetzee and who we are in the world

Wright, L.S. (2008) Ecological thinking: Schopenhauer, J.M. Coetzee and who we are in the world. In: Toxic Belonging? Identity and Ecology in Southern Africa. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp. 24-42. ISBN 1-87418-514-2




For the ecological agenda to make substantive progress, we will have to see powerful people and social agencies turning away from the ecological insanity that threatens us all, and for this to happen, people need to embrace voluntary renunciation, on the understanding that this is not self-sacrifice, but a different and more satisfying way of being in the world. The paper offers some thought, provoked by reading J.M. Coetzee and Arthur Schopenhauer, about what would make this change possible, what might enable it; and secondly why it is implausible that any such ideal might actually come to pass.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:J.M. Coetzee; Schopenhauer; Rilke; Ted Hughes; Elizabeth Costello; Disgrace; Kant; Junghuhn; Al Gore; An Inconvenient Truth; Conrad; pessimism; David Lurie; South Africa; corruption; rape; compassion
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1041
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:04 Aug 2008
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