By Elisée Reclus

The first entire creation to the idea of Elisée Reclus, the good anarchist geographer and political theorist, Anarchy, Geography, Modernity provides his groundbreaking critique of all types of domination: not just capitalism, the kingdom, and authoritarian faith, but additionally patriarchy, racism, technological domination, and the domination of nature. not just an anarchist, but additionally an intensive feminist, antiracist, ecologist, animal rights suggest, cultural radical, nudist, and vegetarian, Reclus’ principles are offered either via specific exposition and research and in vast translations of key texts, such a lot showing in English for the 1st time. The paintings elucidates Reclus’ maximum fulfillment, a sweeping historic and theoretical synthesis recounting the tale of the earth and humanity as an epochal fight among freedom and domination, and his the most important insights at the interrelation among own and small-group transformation, broader cultural switch, and large-scale social association also are explored.

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For him, it is our growing knowledge (in the sense of both savoir, understanding; and connaître, being 34 Anarchy, Geography, Modernity acquainted with) of the earth and its human and nonhuman communities that offers an expanded scope for identification and solidarity. As we come to know each realm more adequately, we achieve greater identification with our own species, identification with all the inhabitants of the planet, and finally, as “the conscience of the earth,” identification with the living, evolving planet itself.

28 Anarchy, Geography, Modernity There, humanity is integrated into the planetary whole as the consciousness of the earth, and the healthy functioning of the earth’s metabolism is seen to benefit humanity as one part of that flourishing whole. The idea that science might control the entire earth in any way vastly exaggerates the power of technological processes. ”60 Such an image of the earth errs through an overemphasis on stasis, neglecting the element of dialectical tension that must always characterize human confrontation with the otherness of nature.

Every partial realization of an ideal increases our sensitivity and delicacy and makes us more capable of realizing a larger ideal. All that we accomplish for our neighbor moves us closer to those who are now distant from us. 82 The Dialectic of Nature and Culture 33 Though Reclus refers in such passages to an “extension” of our moral sentiments, his position goes far beyond the “moral extensionism” of certain ethical theorists who merely apply conventional, nonecological ethical concepts to nonhumans.

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