Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Holland, Eugene. Review of Bernd Herzogenrath, ed. DELEUZE/GUATTARI AND ECOLOGY. NDPR (July 2009).

Herzogenrath, Bernd, ed. Deleuze/Guattari and Ecology. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Taken together with Issue Number 15 (Summer 2007) of the online journal Rhizomes, Bernd Herzogenrath's collection provides a fairly comprehensive mapping of the relations between Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy and what we might call "ecologism". If one were to accept Arne Naess's distinctions among ecology, ecophilosophy, and ecosophy (invoked by Bogue, p.43), it would have been better to title the volume "Deleuze/Guattari and Ecophilosophy" inasmuch as Deleuze and Guattari are doing philosophy, not science (to which Naess limits his notion of ecology). Ecophilosophy treats the relations between ecological problems and philosophical ones -- certainly a central concern of Deleuze/Guattari. Nevertheless, Guattari himself used ecology in a much broader sense, recognizing the importance of scientific contributions to ecophilosophy, but ultimately stressing the values embodied in humans' relations to the natural environment, which Naess characterizes as "ecosophy". Hence the book's title seems perfectly appropriate. Like most anthologies, this one suffers from some unevenness of quality among the essays, and from something like a lack of focus -- although the field of Deleuze/Guattari-inspired ecological studies may be young enough to explain and excuse this. A slightly different order to the essays, however, could have brought several common themes or emphases into sharper focus. . . . Read the whole review here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=16666.

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