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.

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Marianne Patinelli-Dubay

My work at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry lies along the philosophical intersections of nature, culture, science and ethics in the Adirondack Park, NY. I lead the Environmental Philosophy Program at ESF’s Newcomb Campus located on the 15,000-acre Huntington Wildlife Forest (HWF). Here I am responsible for the design and facilitation of rich conversations aimed at a variety of audiences, across disciplines. Initiatives in this program are intended to bridge humanities content with HWF-specific field knowledge and experience in order to understand the impacts of the relationship between scientific research and the regional land-use policy it advances. 

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 Patinelli-Dubay 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 Patinelli-Dubay Marianne says:

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

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