Lecture: Power

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University of Toronto St. George
School of Environment
Geoffrey Mac Donald

ENV222 Feb 14 2012PowerLecture formatSubject the connection between power domination in Merchants terminology of humans over humans HH power and power of humans over the nonhuman HNH power world or nature nonhuman and nature are synonymous hereQuestions to be explored is there a connection does domination of human by human lead to domination of nature by humans if so how does that connection work why and how does HH power lead to HNH power That is how is HH power a cause of the environmental problem1 Merchant readingThis text is not the most accessible in the course reader so do not feel you need to fully master all details What follows is my understanding of the ways in which the different schools of thought discussed view the relationship between HH and HNH power Frankfurt School and critical theoryas humans developed a sense of self selfconsciousness they also developed a sense of separation from others and from nature alienation control of self allows control of other humans and of nature alienation separation from nature is furthered by development of the empirical method scienceFrancis Bacon 15611626 which rests upon objectivity and the separation of the observer the human scientist and the observed nature and through prediction increases control over nature in large part through development of technologyGlobalizationf
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