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By Karl Benediktsson, Katrín Anna Lund

Conversations With panorama strikes past the normal dualisms linked to panorama, exploring notions of panorama and its relation with people in the course of the metaphor of dialog. Such an procedure conceives of panorama as an actor within the ongoing conversation that's inherent in any notion, recognising the often-ignored mutuality of encounters among human and non-human actors. With contributions drawn from a number of disciplines, together with anthropology, geography, archaeology, philosophy, literature and the visible arts, this publication explores the impacts and feelings engendered within the conversations among panorama and people. providing scope for an unique and coherent method of the research of panorama, this ebook will attract students and researchers throughout various social sciences and arts.

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This is again a matter of context (Naess 1966: 69). As Arne Naess points out in the quote above, a metaphor can be many things: useful, banal or even terribly wrong. It can become a catchphrase causing harm, enabling labelling and reductionism. But it also allows for literary beauty and even, sometimes, for deeper understanding of certain experiences. To be sure, in studying the particularities of this linguistic process, one can find a variety of characterisations of the way metaphors are used – a variety of which I do not pretend to do an exhaustive study in this chapter.

By giving into the element, one often experiences fear of the uncontrollable and unpredictable force one is encountered with. Such metaphysical experiences are therefore not characterized by pure awe, wonder or delight. On the contrary, they are highly ambivalent. One is at the mercy of a force of nature that can endanger and even destroy one. In other words, one subjects oneself to an element, and this experience offers an intensified and exaggerated idea of how human beings are subject to nature.

This faculty should help us understand the world better, but not separate us of Environmental Philosophy (2009; Arlington, VA), Karen Warren provided a personal account of the eye-opening experience she had with dolphins – a meaningful experience that could only happen once she acknowledged their agency, according to her. The Limits of our “Conversations with Nature” 33 from it by way of an objectifying Cartesian cogito that could cut our human world from the natural one. In refusing anthropocentrism, philosophers subscribing to the non-anthropocentric paradigm argue that philosophy cannot return to any form of monadic idealism or rationalism.

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