I'm not a respondent in this debate but I've been following it and I find
all the posts very interesting. So I'd like to do a simple question,
starting from a short sentence.
As far as I'm concerned, that is from an ephistemological and sociological
point of view, the anthropocentrism – and its linked concept: narcissism –
it's mainly a symbolic issue. In other words: only the human beings can
leave the anthropocentric point of view as a symbolic instance. According to
Edgar Morin I mean… If we try to define a sort of "eco-thought" (that could
include nature and technology as well) we must conceive this process as an
human awareness or necessity to reduce the complexity of the world.
Now I'm wondering: what does it means for the art and for the artists? What
kind of art, which example or case, is based on this kind of awareness or
2010/4/23 Pier Luigi Capucci <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> sorry Francesco, Roger and all for joining this discussion late. It is
> indeed a very intriguing topic, and, as Natasha noted, a multidimensional
> Indeed the idea of "anthropocentrism" as some kind of ideology which puts
> humankind at the center of the known world has been historically put in
> discussion in a long path. 2009 was both the 400 anniversary of the
> telescope's invention by Galileo and the 150 anniversary of the publication
> of Darwin's "Origin of the Species" (and the 200centenary of his birth).
> [BTW 2009 was the centenary anniversary of the Futurism avantgarde too, with
> the central position their time's technologies had in their poetics, but
> we'd go too far]
> With his invention Galileo gave an extraordinary push to the sky's
> observation, to the diffusion of the heliocentric system and of Copernicus'
> theories, also through the "scientific method" (which is often called
> "Galilean method"). Copernicus dethroned the humankind from his central
> position in the Universe, but, although dislocated in a remote zone the
> humankind remained the chosen creature, the first one, the highest among the
> living beings on the Earth. Darwin dethroned the humankind from his
> privileged position. Like all the living beings, humankind is the result of
> an extremely long process, of a "design without a designer". All the living
> beings, humankind included, were not created as they are and are not steady
> and unchangeable, but evolved starting about 3,8 billion years ago from a
> remote group of primeval common organisms.
> Hence all the living organisms are related, and each individual, whatever
> species it belongs, is unique but it is pervaded by the matter and the
> processes which compose all the other living beings. The fundamental
> processes and the control mechanisms are essentially the same in all
> species; in our genes we have the genes of many other species, even of
> viruses. And the difficulties and discussions in the science domain on the
> definition of "species" and on the methodology to set the differences among
> the species emphasize this "unitarity".
> It seems today the humankind is reaching another topic point in this
> relativization path, since he has the chance to use sciences and
> technologies to hugely modify some issues which deeply define the "human
> essence", which becomes basically uncertain. But does this all imply that
> anthropocentrism is fading out? Or, better, does it imply it will/can
> More after.
> Pier Luigi
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