Does the Earth Care?
Indifference, Providence, and Provisional Ecology
The world is changing. Progress no longer has a future but any earlier sense of Earth as “providential” seems of merely historical interest. The apparent absence of Earthly solicitude is a symptom and consequence of these successive Western modes of engagement with the Earth, now exemplified in global capitalism. Within these constructs, Earth can only appear as constitutively indifferent to the fate of all its inhabitants. The “provisional ecology” outlined in Does the Earth Care?—drawing on a variety of literary and philosophical sources from Richard Jefferies and Robert Macfarlane to Martin Heidegger and Gaia theory—fundamentally challenges that assumption, while offering an Earthly alternative to either cold realism or alienated despair in the face of impending ecological disaster.
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- publisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- publisher placeMinneapolis, MN
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- rightsDoes the Earth Care? Indifference, Providence, and Provisional Ecology by Mick Smith and Jason Young is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
- rights holderMick Smith and Jason Young
- series number54
- series title