UPDATE: Rhizomes 15: Deleuze and Guattari's Ecophilosophy (9/15/07; journal issue)

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Special Issue: Rhizomes 15: Deleuze and Guattari's Ecophilosophy

Of what critical importance is Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy to our
ability to think ecologically or to address environmental catastrophe
effectively? What do Deleuze and Guattari mean when they write that
"philosophy . . . turns its back against itself so as to summon forth a new
earth, a new people"? How does philosophy foresee a time when the
earth "passes into the pure plane of immanence of a Being-thought, of a
Nature-thought"? Does "Nature-thought" enter philosophy only when
philosophy thinks geographically, that is, in terms of geography's real
(versus history's transcendental) territoriality? How do the emerging
concepts as "geophilosophy," and Guattari's "three ecologies," mesh
with such long-evolving Deleuzo-Guattarian concepts as "rhizome,"
"becoming," "territory," "haecceity," "plane of immanence," "chaos,"
"nomadology," etc? Does this mélange of concepts create an "Ecology-
thought," thought that might itself be regarded as adaptive, as creative
evolution immanent to (an earth-based) philosophy?

Moreover, if philosophy must escape the exhausted national and
historical traditions of French and German philosophy and become
refreshingly earth-based, it will have to call on art, or transform itself
artistically. How, then, does recent nature writing of an expressly
"bioregional" nature (as opposed to a national literature) help philosophy
to "summon forth a new earth"?

On a more pragmatic note, what environmental ethics might we derive
from Deleuze and Guattari's ecophilosophy? E.g.: How might the
concept of "becoming-animal" effectively challenge the idea of animal
rights? How might the concept of deterritorialization effectively
challenge the idea of wilderness conservation and/or land reclamation?
How might the concept of nomadology effectively mobilize and advance
aboriginal land-claim strategy? What, if any, critical case studies of
environmental disaster and recovery have put Deleuze and Guattari's
eco-thinking to use, and how?

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Submissions due by September 15th, 2007.

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