2020-04Thematic Section
Dialogue with Nature and the Ecological Imperative


The aim of the paper is to discuss the idea of dialogue with nature. Even though the idea of dialogue with animals, plants – even objects of inanimate nature – is well known, it has usually been treated as an expression of a naive or folk view. Yet, it has recently gained in importance as an idea that is used to describe an ecological approach to natural environment and tends to be treated as a foundation for an ecological culture. A noteworthy contribution to the reconsideration of the concept of human-nature dialogue has also been given by a number of contemporary philosophers who have offered an environmental reinterpretation of phenomenology and hermeneutics based on, among other things, Martin Buber’s concept of the I-You relationship. The paper will focus on two aspects of the concept of dialogue, namely on its epistemological and ethical implications. Following Erazim Kohák’s theory, which will be presented as a key figure of a particular manner of speaking about nature, one that leads to ecological personalism.


dialogue, ecology, hermeneutics, nature, personalism, phenomenology

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Salwa, Mateusz. “Dialogue with Nature and the Ecological Imperative.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 4, no. 4 (2020): 123-135. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2020.0044.


Mateusz Salwa
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland


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