Tracking Thoreau: Double-crossing Nature and Technology

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2005 - 231 páginas
Tracking Thoreau explores the constellation of three central issues in Thoreau's oeuvre: nature, culture, and technology. Dolis reads Thoreau's major works as principally concerned with the composition of the self through writing, through narration, an activity inextricably bound up with the apprehension of structures common to both nature and culture, structures which, in turn, unavoidably implicate style - that is, technique. As did the ancient Greeks. Thoreau understands technology as a defining moment for not only culture, but nature as well, that inaugural act in light of which each is able to appear in the first place. Technology is always already in place at the beginning of things: it occupies the site of subjectivity. Arguing against the most recent trend in Thoreau studies, Dolis contends that, for Thoreau, nature is primordially a construct: it cannot be understood apart from language, through cultural constructions, techniques by means of which the subject composes the object. Both nature and the very nature of nature itself are subject to this single configuration. Subjectivity, in turn, entails its own technology, its style.
 

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Economic Technique HomeWork
17
The Nature of Technology Viewing the Construction of Things
58
The Technology of Nature Constructing the View of Things
93
The Nature of Nature Techne The Subject Matter Itself
129
The Technology of Technology Poiesis What Matters to the Subject ItSelf SelfTechnology
149
From Monad to Nomad HomeCosmography
182
Notes
205
Bibliography
221
Index
229
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