CANCELLED: Andreas Weber: Becoming Edible - Ideas for an Ecology of the Gift. Environmental Humanities Lecture

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule the lecture with Andreas Weber at a later time.

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Photo: Andreas Weber

Why is our economy still destroying the environment and creating inequality? Andreas Weber argues that the answer might rest on a wrong image of life, where the strongest wins and fitness grants success. Biological life, however, is never about one winning, but rather an endless celebration of reciprocity. Ecosystems are ways to organize giving that allow the whole to flourish and the individuals to take what they need. Only if we understand this desire for mutuality as inbuilt in the living world will we be able to tailor an economic culture that does not destroy life, but that mimics ecology, enacting what may be seen as a practice of love.

The lecture is hosted by the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities and is open for all.

About the lecturer

Andreas Weber is a biologist, philosopher, and nature writer. His work focuses on a re-evaluation of our understanding of the living, where we understand organisms as subjects and hence the biosphere as a meaning-creating and poetic reality. Accordingly, Andreas holds that an economy inspired by nature should not be designed as a mechanistic optimization machine, but rather as an ecosystem which transforms mutual sharing of matter and energy in a deepened meaning.

Portrait, Andreas Weber
Andreas Weber

His latest book Enlivenment: Toward a Poetics for the Anthropocene explores a new understanding of the Anthropocene that is based on mutual transformation with nature rather than control over nature. Andreas lives in Berlin and Italy. 

Tags: Environmental Humanities, Environment, Philosophy, Biology
Published May 28, 2019 3:27 PM - Last modified Oct. 3, 2022 11:40 AM