Posthumanistyczny wymiar ekologii

Rafał Chmara


Ecology understood as a research project within the biological sciences explores the relations between organisms and the environment. It does so at numerous hierarchically connected levels of natural life organisation – the specimen, the population, the assemblage, the biocenose, the ecosystem, the biome and the biosphere. Multidimensional ecological research involves the methodologies of multiple sciences, like physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology or hydrology. In the latest two decades, we have seen a drift in ecology rooted in the so-called ‘neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography,’ which assumes that the species constituting multispecies systems are ecologically equivalent/equally valuable or may be considered selectively identical (i.e., ‘neutral’). The neutrality of approach, the multidisciplinary and social dimension of ecology offer its possible interconnections with the cultural and philosophical current of posthumanism. Posthumanism, which rejects anthropocentrism and ‘speciesism’, is congruent with the methodological approach that has been used in ecology for decades. The emergence and growth of problem areas based on the ecology of groups of organisms, like plant ecology, animal ecology; on various levels of organisation or social application, like nature conservation, protection of the environment or ecological engineering reveal this specific ‘posthuman perspective’ in ecological studies. The present study discusses problem and methodology areas that are common to ecology and the broadly understood posthuman approach. Its proposition is that the research agenda of ecology has long been in the mainstream of the posthuman current. The author has made the following assumptions: (1) ecological systems are hierarchical and interconnected by a network or relations; (2) posthumanism rejects the hierarchy and assumes the equality of all forms of life. In the realm of culture, the posthumanism of the 1980s and 1990s should develop methods capable of translating the multidimensional problems of biological structures to artistic output connected with bio art.
Author Rafał Chmara (FB / DPE)
Rafał Chmara,,
- Department of Plant Ecolog
Other language title versionsPosthuman dimension of ecology
Journal seriesSztuka i Dokumentacja, [Sztuka i Dokumentacja], ISSN 2080-413X, (N/A 20 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Languagepl polski
LicenseRepository; published final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
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