By Andreas Weber
Meaning, feeling and expression – the adventure of inwardness – topic such a lot in human lifestyles. the point of view of biopoetics exhibits that this event is shared by means of all organisms. Being alive skill to exist via family that experience existential challenge, and to precise those dimensions during the physique and its gestures. All lifestyles occurs inside one poetic area that's shared among all beings and that is obtainable via subjective sensual adventure. We participate in this via our empirical subjectivity, which arises from the reviews and wishes of dwelling beings, and which makes them open to entry and sharing in a poetic objectivity. Biopoetics breaks unfastened from the causal-mechanic paradigm which made biology not able to account for brain and which means. Biology turns into a technology of expression, connection and subjectivity which may comprehend all organisms together with people as feeling brokers in a shared ecology of significant kin, embedded in a symbolical and fabric metabolism of the biosphere.
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G. in the concept of the gene as “ideal instruction” shaping the organism from the outside as an object. Aristotelian thinking encounters a renaissance not only in temporary philosophy of biology but also in ethics, in particular where essential or holistic readings are explored (Nussbaum 1986). With the idea of autopoiesis, the aristotelian idea of life as activity from within has gained more traction (see also Chap. 6). Body as Soul In the last chapter, I tried to clarify the notion of this “soul-like” interior subjectivity in an analysis of the biological organization.
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Biopoetics: Towards an Existential Ecology by Andreas Weber