The New Conspiracy Visibility

Disclaimer First off, I want it to be clear that I am not an advocate of conspiratorial worldviews. When I say they are ‘real’ I mean to suggest that they are an object-event (a phenomenon which we can point at) which is happening. The subscribers of these worldviews, by subscribing to them, give them this…

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Climate Emergency+Corona Emergency=Chronic Emergencies

In Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century (2020), Swedish academic Andreas Malm explains how the primary catalyst of the pandemic is the deforestation of wildlife habitats. Deforestation has squeezed the once yawning gap between wildlife habitats and human civilisation, paving the way for pathogens to embed themselves in human societies. Malm’s…

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COVID AND WORLD RISK SOCIETY

WHAT IS WORLD RISK SOCIETY? World Risk Society (1999) is a book of sociological theory written by German academic Ulrich Beck. Written at the dawn of the new Millennium, it has been an influential text, being regularly referred to by theorists working in environmentalism and ecological philosophy (Morton). I even suspect his language is used…

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Thoughts on Self-Interest Ecology

This week I have been reading a not-so well-known book of philosophy by the British philosopher Derek Parfit called Reasons and Persons. Parfit is flagged up in Tim Morton’s Hyperobjects, in which Morton comments on Parfit’s challenging of ‘long-held prejudices about utility and ethics from within utilitarianism itself.’ that, ‘Parfit showed that no self-interest ethical…

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Actor Rosie Race

My friend Rosie is an actor in Devon. Due to the coronavirus lock-down, Rosie’s first solo show Cycle, written & performed by Rosie & due to be performed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth two days ago, was unfortunately cancelled. I can’t imagine how it must feel to work & plan something two years in the…

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