•  308
    Ethics, Philosophy and the Environment
    Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 14 (3): 219-240. 2018.
    Educated people everywhere now acknowledge that ecological destruction is threatening the future of civilization. While philosophers have concerned themselves with environmental problems, they appear to offer little to deal with this crisis. Despite this, I will argue that philosophy, and ethics, are absolutely crucial to overcoming this crisis. Philosophy has to recover its grand ambitions to achieve a comprehensive understanding of nature and the place of humanity within it, and ethics needs t…Read more
  •  322
    Prior to the nineteenth century, those who are now regarded as scientists were referred to as natural philosophers. With empiricism, science was claimed to be a superior form of knowledge to philosophy, and natural philosophy was marginalized. This claim for science was challenged by defenders of natural philosophy, and this debate has continued up to the present. The vast majority of mainstream scientists are comfortable in the belief that through applying the scientific method, knowledge will …Read more
  •  246
    With the early success of the deep ecology movement in attracting adherents and with the increasing threat of a global ecological catastrophe, one would have expected this movement to have triumphed. We should be in the process of radically transforming society to create a harmonious relationship between humans and the rest of nature. Instead, deep ecology has been marginalized. What has triumphed instead is an alliance of managerialism, transnational corporations and neo-liberalism committed to…Read more
  •  132
    The central aim of this thesis is to confront the world-view of positivistic materialism with its nihilistic implications and to develop an alternative world-view based on process philosophy, showing how in terms of this, science and ethics can be reconciled. The thesis begins with an account of the rise of positivism and materialism, or ‘scientism’, to its dominant position in the culture of Western civilization and shows what effect this has had on the image of man and consequently on ethical …Read more
  •  24
    The Biosemiotic Glossary Project: Intentionality
    with Donald Favareau
    Biosemiotics 10 (3): 413-459. 2017.
    In 2014, Morten Tønnessen and the editors of Biosemiotics officially launched the Biosemiotic Glossary Project in the effort to: solidify and detail established terminology being used in the field of Biosemiotics for the benefit of newcomers and outsiders; and to by involving the entire biosemiotics community, to contribute innovatively in the theoretical development of biosemiotic theory and vocabulary via the discussions that result. Biosemiotics, in its concern with explaining the emergence o…Read more
  •  623
    From 'Sustainable Development' to 'Ecological Civilization': Winning the War for Survival
    Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 13 (3): 130-153. 2017.
    The central place accorded the notion of ‘sustainable development' among those attempting to overcome ecological problems could be one of the main reasons for their failure. ‘Ecological civilization' is proposed and defended as an alternative. ‘Ecological civilization' has behind it a significant proportion of the leadership of China who would be empowered if this notion were taken up in the West. It carries with it the potential to fundamentally rethink the basic goals of life and to provide an…Read more
  •  8
    Affirming Life
    Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 13 (3): 1-7. 2017.
    Editorial to the edition on Advancing Life.
  •  128
    Editorial Introduction to the First Edition of Cosmos and History
    with Paul Ashton
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 1 (1): 1-2. 2005.
    This is the editorial to the first edition of the journal Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy
  •  253
    Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics and Political Philosophy in an Age of Impending Catastrophe
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 5 (2): 264-286. 2009.
    In this paper it is argued that philosophical anthropology is central to ethics and politics. The denial of this has facilitated the triumph of debased notions of humans developed by Hobbes which has facilitated the enslavement of people to the logic of the global market, a logic which is now destroying the ecological conditions for civilization and most life on Earth. Reviving the classical understanding of the central place of philosophical anthropology to ethics and politics, the early work o…Read more
  •  241
    Introduction: The Future of Philosophy
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 8 (1): 1-17. 2012.
    This is the editorial introduction to the special edition of Cosmos & History on the future of philosophy.
  •  119
    Life Questioning Itself: By Way of an Introduction
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 4 (1-2): 1-14. 2008.
    This is the introductory essay to the special edition of 'Cosmos & History' focusing on the question 'What is Life?'
  •  72
    The Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 3 (1): 230-235. 2007.
    Book Review of: David Loye, The Great Adventure: Toward a Fully Human Theory of Evolution, New York, State University of New York Press, 2004, ISBN 0-7914-5924-1.br /
  •  7
    Review Article: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Western World
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 8 (1): 412-449. 2012.
    This is a review Iain McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Western World, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010, ix + 534 pp. ISBN: 978-0-300-16892-1 pb, £11.99, $25.00. It argues that through his work in neuroscience, McGilchrist has provided us with the means to comprehend the nihilistic tendencies of Western civilization, how these tendencies emerged and where they are taking us. He shows it to be the consequence of malfunctiong brains. At the same t…Read more
  •  73
    Transcending the Disciplinary Boundaries
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 5 (2): 1-4. 2009.
    Introduction to vol 5, no. 2 This edition begins with a tribute to Brian Goodwin. Brian was not only an original member of the editorial board of Cosmos & History, but was the patron of the Joseph Needham Centre for Complex Processes Research from within which this journal was conceived. His work and life symbolizes all that the journal stands for. The central question that Brian was concerned with throughout his life was: What is life? It seems appropriate therefore to retrospectively dedicate …Read more
  •  14
    Editorial Introduction: Overcoming Nihilism
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 7 (2): 1-5. 2011.
    This is the introduction to the special edition of Cosmos & History on Overcoming Nihilism.
  •  326
    The Grand Narrative of the Age of Re-Embodiments: Beyond Modernism and Postmodernism
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 9 (1): 327-357. 2013.
    The delusory quest for disembodiment, against which the quest for re-embodiment is reacting, is characteristic of macroparasites who live off the work, products and lives of others. The quest for disembodiment that characterizes modernism and postmodernism, it is argued, echoes in a more extreme form the delusions on which medieval civilization was based where the military aristocracy and the clergy, defining themselves through the ideal forms of Neo-Platonic Christianity, despised nature, the p…Read more
  •  654
    From Kant to Schelling to Process Metaphysics: On the Way to Ecological Civilization
    Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 7 (2): 26-69. 2011.
    The post-Kantians were inspired by Kant’s Critique of Judgment to forge a new synthesis of natural philosophy, art and history that would overcome the dualisms and gulfs within Kant’s philosophy. Focusing on biology and showing how Schelling reworked and transformed Kant’s insights, it is argued that Schelling was largely successful in laying the foundations for this synthesis, although he was not always consistent in building on these foundations. To appreciate this achievement, it is argued th…Read more
  •  197
    Environmental Philosophy a Collection of Readings /Edited by Robert Elliot and Arran Gare. --. --
    with Robert Elliot
    Pennsylvania State University Press, C1983. 1983.
    Contents: Ethical principals for environmental protection / Robert Goodin -- Political representation for future generations / Gregory S. Kavka and Virginia L. Warren -- On the survival of humanity / Jan Narveson -- On deep versus shallow theories of environmental pollution / C.A. Hooker -- Preservation of wilderness and the good life / Janna L. Thompson -- The rights of the nonhuman world / Mary Anne Warren -- Are values in nature subjective or objective? / Holmes Rolston III - Duties concernin…Read more
  •  350
    MacIntyre, Narratives, and Environmental Ethics
    Environmental Ethics 20 (1): 3-21. 1998.
    While environmental philosophers have been striving to extend ethics to deal with future generations and nonhuman life forms, very little work has been undertaken to address what is perhaps a more profound deficiency in received ethical doctrines, that they have very little impact on how people live. I explore Alasdair MacIntyre’s work on narratives and traditions and defend a radicalization of his arguments as a direction for making environmental ethics efficacious.
  •  35
    Educating for democracy: Teaching 'Australian values'
    Educational Philosophy and Theory 42 (4): 424-437. 2010.
    Towards the end of the 19th century there was a revival of the struggle for democracy throughout the world. The formation of Australia as a federation embodied this commitment, a commitment subsequently abandoned. The impetus for public education in Australia came from its commitment to democracy, inspired by the British Idealists. If the people of a country are to be its governors, these philosophers argued, they must be educated to be governors. Taking this injunction seriously, I will argue t…Read more
  •  257
    Understanding oriental cultures
    Philosophy East and West 45 (3): 309-328. 1995.
    If the arguments of Edward Said's "Orientalism" are valid, Joseph Needham's "Science and Civilisation in China" stands condemned. The opposition between Foucault, Said's main source of inspiration, and both Marxism and hermeneutics is highlighted. Utilizing the work of MacIntyre, recent hermeneutic philosophy is defended against Foucault, and through this, Needham's work is defended as a form of Marxist hermeneutics
  •  309
    For a New Naturalism
    Telos Press. 2017.
    Contemporary naturalism is changing and scientific reductionism is under challenge from those who advocate a more comprehensive outlook. This special issue of Telos, based on the first Telos Australia Symposium held at Swinburne University in Melbourne in February 2014, introduces some of the key questions in the current debates. It also poses the question of whether more satisfactory political and social thought can be produced if scientific reductionism is replaced by a richer and more hermene…Read more
  •  315
    The Politics of Recognition versus the Politics of Hatred
    Democracy and Nature 8 (2): 261-280. 2002.
    Hatred of America expressed in the September 11th attack is more than matched by the hatred by Americans for Islamists expressed in the war on Afghanistan, the War against Terror and the threatened wars against the “Axis of Evil”. It is argued here that there is a pattern of self-reinforcing hatred operating in the world set in motion by the actions of the United States, particularly by George Bush Snr. and embraced and used by George Bush Jr. to reinforce and further develop this pattern. To op…Read more
  •  415
    Towards an Inclusive Democracy, it is argued, offers a powerful new interpretation of the history and destructive dynamics of the market and provides an inspiring new vision of the future in place of both neo-liberalism and existing forms of socialism. It is shown how this work synthesizes and develops Karl Polanyi’s characterization of the relationship between society and the market and Cornelius Castoriadis’ philosophy of autonomy. A central component of Fotopoulos’ argument is that social dem…Read more
  •  508
    Soviet Environmentalism: The Path Not Taken
    Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: The Journal of Socialist Ecology 4 (4): 69-88. 1993.
    The collapse of the Soviet Union, all hope that Eastern European communism might somehow be transformed into a more attractive, less environmentally destructive social order than the liberal democratic societies of the West has been destroyed. The description of the modern predicament by Alvin W. Gouldner has become even more poignant: "The political uniqueness of our own era then is this; we have lived and still live through a desperate political and social malaise, while at the same time we ha…Read more
  •  450
    Aleksandr Bogdanov: Proletkult and Conservation
    Capitalism, Nature, Socialism: A Journal of Socialist Ecology 5 (2): 65-94. 1994.
    The most important figure among Russia's radical Marxists was A.A. Bogdanov (the pseudonym of Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Malinovskii). Not only was he the prime exponent of a proletarian cultural revolution; it was Bogdanov's ideas which provided justification for concern for the environment. And his ideas are not only important to environmentalists because they were associated with this conservation movement; more significantly they are of continuing relevance because they confront the root cause…Read more
  •  510
    Postmodernism as the Decadence of the Social Democratic State
    Democracy and Nature 7 (1): 77-99. 2001.
    In this paper it is argued that the corresponding rise of postmodernism and the triumph of neo-liberalism are not only not accidental, the triumph of neo-liberalism has been facilitated by postmodernism. Postmodernism has been primarily directed not against mainstream modernism, the modernism of Hobbes, Smith, Darwin and social Darwinism, but against the radical modernist quest for justice and emancipation with its roots in German thought. The Social Democratic State, the principles of which wer…Read more
  •  920
    Systems Theory and Complexity
    Democracy and Nature 6 (3): 327-339. 2000.
    In this paper the central ideas and history of the theory of complex systems are described. It is shown how this theory lends itself to different interpretations and, correspondingly, to different political conclusions.
  •  1864
    Aleksandr Bogdanov and Systems Theory
    Democracy and Nature 6 (3): 341-359. 2000.
    The significance and potential of systems theory and complexity theory are best appreciated through an understanding of their origins. Arguably, their originator was the Russian philosopher and revolutionary, Aleksandr Bogdanov. Bogdanov anticipated later developments of systems theory and complexity theory in his efforts to lay the foundations for a new, post-capitalist culture and science. This science would overcome the division between the natural and the human sciences and enable workers to…Read more