Developing a Planetary Ethic
Moving beyond identity politics while continuing to respect diverse entities and concerns, Whitney A. Bauman builds a planetary politics that better responds to the realities of a pluralistic world. Calling attention to the historical, political, and ecological influences shaping our understanding of nature, religion, humanity, and identity, Bauman collapses the boundaries separating male from female, biology from machine, human from more than human, and religion from science, encouraging readers to embrace hybridity and the inherent fluctuations of an open, evolving global community.
As he outlines his planetary ethic, Bauman concurrently develops an environmental ethic of movement that relies not on place but on the daily connections we make across the planet. He shows how both identity politics and environmental ethics fail to realize planetary politics and action, limited as they are by foundational modes of thought that create entire worlds out of their own logic. Introducing a postfoundational vision not rooted in the formal principles of "nature" or "God" and not based in the idea of human exceptionalism, Bauman draws on cutting-edge insights from queer, poststructural, and deconstructive theory and makes a major contribution to the study of religion, science, politics, and ecology.
"A very impressive book; a visionary synthesis of the most important issues concerning the intersection of science, religion, politics, and philosophy. Bauman weaves a complex and powerful narrative in his constitution of a planetary community. Religion and Ecology is a unique contribution to a growing body of work that critically rethinks our ideas of nature to vitalize the possibilities of material and ecological thinking." — Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas
"Scholarship has needed this book for quite a while, one that boldly synthesizes new materialism, queer theory, ecology, and spirituality." — Tim Morton, Rice University
"Any self-respecting earthling will love this book. Bauman invites us to the 'polyamoury of place' for a new powow of science, religion, and nature. His dazzlingly engaging investigation does not close in our possibilities; deftly subversive, queerly erudite, it does not just analyze, it activates our 'becoming with earth others.'" — Catherine Keller, Drew University
"Bauman's book [is] the best available book on the subject." — Andrew J. Spencer, Environmental Ethics
Introduction: The Emergence of Planetary Identities
1. Religion and Science in Dialogue
2. Destabilizing Nature: Natura Naturans, Emergence, and Evolution's Rainbow
3. Destabilizing Religion: The Death of God, a Viable Agnosticism, and the Embrace of Polydoxy
4. Destabilizing Identity: Beyond Identity Solipsism
5. The Emergence of Ecoreligious Identities
6. Developing Planetary Environmental Ethics: A Nomadic Polyamory of Place
7. Challenging Human Exceptionalism: Human Becoming, Technology, Earth Others, and Planetary Identities
Read "Emergence of Planetary Identities," the introduction to Religion and Ecology: