Honors Theses


Patrick Ahern



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Honors Thesis


In this thesis, I seek out the modes of thought that we have developed for making sense of the world and elucidate how the logic of domination and reduction of reason to a calculative tool has led to the climate crisis. Throughout my research, I look for models to overcome mechanized thought and find two useful remedies that will require time and effort to implement: critical self-reflection and storytelling skills. Self-reflection involves dialectically thinking or considering alternative approaches to how we understand the world rather than accepting the standard norms for thinking and using them without question. Storytelling involves the skills of communicating and also of listening to other persons, which include human persons and nonhuman persons like plants and animals. All of this is aimed at implementing a novel form of political ecology – a politics built around ecological intelligences and the democratic deliberations of all persons from all understandings of the world.

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