Thursday, November 1, 2012

Adirondack Philosophy: Indentity and Experience

Last month I considered how a condition of inter-subjectivity might be responsible for whether and how our surroundings influence who we are and what we create.  Picking up where I left off, this morning I’m turning over the question of how the lived-world draw us forth and how it is drawn into our creative process.  It seems to me that the world infuses us with its own being and we, who are being given the world, interpret and draw out its edge through our own lifework before we deliver it back into community as self-expression.  A tripartite process of what is given, literally what is submitted, what is received in the exchange that is soon re-visioned, re-imagined and given back as an offering.

I am an environmental philosopher with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry'. My academic background in philosophy and interdisciplinary humanities includes a BA, MA and PhD (ABD) anticipated in 2013.

My dissertation research titled Long Suffering: The Great Experiment for Humanity focuses on a series of related questions beginning with a thesis on the socio-historical and philosophical reasons for the absence of African American communities in the Adirondack Park, followed by a discussion around how this demographic reality might be corrected for the two-fold benefit of excluded communities and regional conservation initiatives.

As a resident Adirondack philosopher working for a college of science and forestry I am naturally devoted to understanding the regional intersections of nature, culture, science and ethics. I approach this work through projects with an interdisciplinary reach in collaboration with institutions and organizations throughout NYS. These projects include teaching philosophy for children in the primary and secondary schools, seminars in a range of topics for college students, workshops for government and non-government professionals in applied ethics, public lectures and symposia open to the general public and seminars in ethics and morality designed for prisoner populations in the Adirondacks.

4 Responses

  1. Pete Klein says:

    Well, Marianne, that was a short and sweet observation – and totally accurate.
    We simply can’t avoid being part of the milieu. We breathe it in and out, with both positive and negative effects.

  2. Marianne says:

    Hi Pete and thanks, as always, for your thoughtful reply.

    You might find some of the papers (linked in the column) of interest. My mind was going in all sorts of directions and those papers sort of informed what I was preoccupied with as I was writing … for what it’s worth.

  3. Louise Patinelli says:

    Hi Marianne.
    Thank you, again, for taking time from your busy schedule to share your thoughts with us. There’s always so much to ponder after reading your essays. Please keep them coming!

  4. Marianne says:

    Hi Louise, Your kindness here might be mistaken for maternal affection … but either way, I thank you.