Books

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Coexistentialism and the Unbearable Intimacy of Ecological Emergency (Lexington Books, 2016)

“With refreshing style and intellectual forcefulness, Sam Mickey widens the scope of existentialism and shows how it offers important resources to address our urgent ecological situation. Here existentialism becomes coexistentialism, and through it we glimpse a chance to strengthen our existence together on a fragile planet. Make this book part of your coexistence!”
— Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas

“Is there an ecological style of engaging with things that aren’t me, yet share and even overlap with my being in some sense? The paradoxes and absurdities of existence have only become heightened as we have entered an ecological age, and it’s about time a writer committed to existentialism took up the challenge of working with those paradoxes. This book is up to speed with the ethical implications of our growing understanding of the symbiotic real and with what the author, quoting Björk, calls its necessary sense of ’emergency.’ In trenchant and engaging prose, not to mention deep engagements with philosophy, Sam Mickey lays it out for you.”
— Timothy Morton, author of Dark Ecology and Hyperobjects


WholeEarth

Whole Earth Thinking and Planetary Coexistence: Ecological Wisdom at the Intersection of Religion, Ecology, and Philosophy (Routledge, 2015).

“Sam Mickey has produced an insightful study of the intersection of religion, ecology, and philosophy. Drawing on such seminal thinkers as Thomas Berry, Gilles Deleuze, and Félix Guattari, the author weaves an engaging narrative of a way toward Whole Earth thinking.”
–Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Forum on Religion and Ecolgoy at Yale University

“Philosophically precise, ethically capacious, and accessibly written, Whole Earth Thinking and Planetary Coexistence is a wonderful addition to discourses on religion, philosophy, and ecology. Sam Mickey’s careful and generous depictions of geophilosophy (informed by Deleuze and Guattari) and earth community (informed by Thomas Berry and others) serve as helpful guides to some of the vexing environmental issues facing different parts of the planet in the present day. His treatments of various religious and philosophical traditions demonstrate the vitality of multiple ways of human knowing and relating in an era of ecological change. Both erudite and accessible, this text is a wonderful guide for students and will also serve as a useful resource for interdisciplinary scholars of environmental philosophy and religion and ecology.”
–Christiana Peppard, Fordham University


 

Verge

On the Verge of a Planetary Civilization: A Philosophy of Integral Ecology (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2014).

“This book is much needed. The book skilfully and articulately brings together difficult concepts from the philosophies of event-oriented ontology, object-oriented ontology, and speculative realism to bear on our contemporary ecological crises. Furthermore, the book does not merely think about ecology, but begins to ask how ecological thinking changes our ways of thinking, doing ethics, and philosophizing in general.”
— Whitney Bauman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Florida International University

“The ongoing reinvention of our thought tradition is soaring into the task of developing a new philosophy of Earth, a philosophy of Gaia, a philosophy powerful enough to effect a fundamental transformation of humanity’s functioning within the enveloping community of life. For anyone interested in joining this historic venture, there is no better pathway in than Sam Mickey’s book.”
— Brian Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies.

“Reading major postmodern theorists in the light of integral theory, Sam Mickey’s path-breaking book points the way to environmentalism of the future. He has made an important contribution toward our understanding of the emergent, subtle, and complex entwining of humankind and nature. Highly recommended for those who want to understand the cutting edge of contemporary environmental theory.”
— Michael E. Zimmerman, professor of philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder


Forthcoming:

The Variety of Integral Ecologies: Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era, edited with Sean Kelly and Adam Robbert (SUNY Press, 2017)

 

 


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