March 27, 2014
Visiting Professor will share a new ethical understanding of nature based on personal identity rather than through traditional ideas of beauty or “obligation.”
Professor Bannon will share a new ethical understanding of nature, one that is based within personal identity as relation to place rather than through the traditional ideas of beauty or abstract 'obligation'. His approach to environmental studies and to philosophy seeks to generate normative values by way of an existential-phenomenological aesthetics. Bryan Bannon is an assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of North Florida. He works primarily in ethics and environmental philosophy, exploring both ethical and metaphysical issues, using an approach informed by 19th and 20th Century European philosophers such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, MartinHeidegger, and Friedrich Nietzsche, but also drawing on contemporary ideas of new materialisms. In his new book published this year, From Mastery to Mystery, A Phenomenological Foundation for an Environmental Ethic, Bannon questions commonly held conceptions of nature and offers an alternative. For more information please contact James Haile, assistant professor of philosophy.