Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Ecological Epistemology (EE)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_19-1

Definition

Ecological epistemology (EE) demarcates an area of convergence between contemporary theories whose common core is the recognition of the agency of natural processes, objects, and materials. EE encompasses the knowledge emerging from the assumption of symmetry between things and thought, human and nonhuman beings, and historical and natural processes. The claim of a symmetrical ontology developed in the framework of the new philosophy of materialism has demanded intense work in order to overcome philosophical constructivism that takes knowledge as a mental construct, regardless of its material base. The idealist perspective in this approach takes knowledge as a representation of reality, which is processed through the logical operation of abstraction and detachment from its empirical object. The assumption of symmetry leads to a knowledge no longer “about” but “with” the other human and nonhuman beings. From this perspective, EE avoids diluting culture into nature or...

Keywords

Materialism Realism Ecological psychology Symmetric ontology Object-oriented ontology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Isabel Cristina de Moura Carvalho Graduate Program of Education Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil