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Chapter 16. Is (dark) hermeneutics sustainable? Water, paper, ink

In Plato’s Phaidros writing resembles the pharmakon, antidot and poison all at once. Derrida dedicates his book Dissemination to the discourse about the pharmakon and writing concluding: “The pharmakon and writing are thus always involved in questions of life and death.”1 This is not a metaphor. Why? Pharmakon also means “not a natural color but an artificial tint, a chemical dye”2, which dissolves perfectly […]

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Chapter 15. Close reading or critique? The triangle of environmentality

As a literary scholar I am used to quote not only literature as source for my arguments but also other opinions on the subject I am writing about. Whenever I ask myself why I used that theoretical approach instead of another I give myself the answer – because it fits.  This is clearly a subjective […]

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Chapter 14. Is (dark) hermeneutics ecological?

Timothy Morton once asked an interviewer if he has a cat? The answer was yes, and the following question was: “do you like to stroke her or him?”1 The answer again was yes. Morton replied: “Well, so you’re already relating to a nonhuman being for no particular reason. You’re already being ecological.”2 This story resonates […]

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