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subject horizon as a sustainable world is engendered.
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A number of sustainability’s tensions and paradoxes and their nuances
have been teased out across the essays in this collection. This final essay
considers sustainability from the perspective of opacity itself. That is, it
addresses the issue that sustainability is premised upon projected notions
that are variously indistinct or
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pays tribute, albeit more obliquely. In its interweaving of Heideggerian
phenomenology, Adorno and Horkheimer’s Marxist critique of the
domination of nature within capitalist modernity, and Michel Serres’s
notion of a ‘natural contract’, Bate’s take on Clare in The Song of the Earth
was important in foregrounding the relationship between human psychophysical wellbeing and socio-ecological conditions. As I have argued
elsewhere (Rigby 2004), however, I think that in his reception of Heidegger,
Bate is lured into an anthropocentric over-valuation of the poetic word
its Joycean mode aims for maximal inclusion of all the
forces of the material word, inscribing all the potentialities of the sign in
a single book, while phenomenology would aim to intuit a sense beyond
all the singular incarnations that would be present for any subject
Since equivocity always evidences a certain depth of development and
concealment of a past, and when one wishes to assume and interiorize
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the memory of a culture in a kind of recollection (Erinnerung) in the
Hegelian sense, one has, facing this