Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir: Discourses of the Body and Nature in Environmental Ethics

Certain strands of contemporary environmental ethics are a radical field within the humanities because they challenge and undermine traditional, gender denoted, dualistic philosophical notions of "man", "human", "nature" and "culture" with theories of the body as relational,
natural-cultural and a site of power struggles. Theories of the posthuman (such as in the works of Braidotti, Barad and Haraway) extend such efforts with their undermining of the distinction between organic and non-organic as well as of the human and the non-human.
Notions of life and nature remain problematic in the context of such theories and call for a praxelogical elaboration in order to be radical in the sense of being critical, subversive and contstructive.