Marginal Practices : An Argument for Ecophenomenology
Metcalf, Jacob Patrick
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This paper focuses on using phenomenology’s insights into intentionality to root out our comportment to the natural world in our everyday practices. We can find both the problem and solution of the ecological crisis in examining our comportment toward the natural world. Our intentionality is found in our objects, our activities, our skills, our practices, our friendships, our dwellings; it is to be found in the accumulation of our lives. What may seem random or a matter of chance or habit can contain the most profound insight into our way of being in the world. To be ecologically aware is not first and foremost a matter of policy directives or highly mobilized political campaigns; it is a matter of how we direct ourselves toward the natural world.