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Matter and Desire

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An Erotic Ecology

Andreas Weber

In Matter and Desire, internationally renowned biologist and philosopher Andreas Weber rewrites ecology as a tender practice of forging relationships, of yearning for connections, and of expressing these desires through our bodies. Being alive is an erotic process – constantly transforming the self through contact with others, desiring ever more life.


Nautilus Award Gold Medal Winner, Ecology & Environment

In clever and surprising ways, Weber recognises that love – the impulse to establish connections, to intermingle, to weave our existence poetically together with that of other beings – is a foundational principle of reality. The fact that we disregard this principle lies at the core of a global crisis of meaning that plays out in the avalanche of species loss and in our belief that the world is a dead mechanism controlled through economic efficiency.

Although rooted in scientific observation, Matter and Desire becomes a tender philosophy for the Anthropocene, a “poetic materialism,” that closes the gap between mind and matter. Ultimately, Weber discovers, in order to save life on Earth – and our own meaningful existence as human beings – we must learn to love.

Product details

Published 2017
Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback, 235 pages.

ISBN: 9781603586979

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 228 × 155 × 19 mm

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