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Response to review of Ontology and closeness in human-nature relationships: Beyond dualisms, materialism and posthumanism by Neil H. Kessler

  • Neil H. KesslerEmail author
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Gough’s (2019) review of my book, Ontology and Closeness in Human-Nature Relationships (Kessler 2019) appears in the July 2019 issue of this journal. It is generally not complimentary. Examination of it, however, reveals that it largely contains a multi-faceted, straw-man argument that does not hold up under scrutiny. As the book’s author, I feel compelled to challenge Gough’s arguments in this response.

Treatment of new materialism and Posthumanism

The first area of Gough’s critique worth examining is his response to my treatment of new materialism and posthumanism. For example, he claims that my close association of new materialism and posthumanist ontologies is a “questionable exaggeration.” As support for this assertion, he makes two subclaims. First, that many posthumanists, himself included, “express considerable skepticism about the merits of ‘new’ materialism” (p. 164). Second, and to illustrate the first, he notes that in an influential posthumanist volume by Snaza and Weaver (

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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