Wed Feb 26! Lisa Shapiro, “Different Models of the Natural World?”

Please join us for the third talk of the Oecologies Speaker Series at Green College at UBC!

Lisa Shapiro
Dr. Lisa Shapiro
(Philosophy, Simon Fraser University)
“Different Models of the Natural World?”
5-6:30pm, Wed Feb 26, Coach House, Green College, UBC

Abstract: Two models of the natural world can be found within seventeenth-century philosophy. One model conceives of the “natural world” as an intricate clock and dominates efforts to explain natural phenomena through efficient causes. The second provides a background to utopian visions, imagining lush, textured landscapes where social problems vanish and human beings flourish and live peaceably together. Do these models present distinct, competing visions of the natural world? Or is there a way of reconciling them? Considering how each situates human beings within the natural world suggests they can be reconciled.

Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds is a new Speaker Series sponsored by Green College that gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of the modern concept “ecology.” For event details, abstracts, and speaker information, please visit or view the event poster. Also follow us on Twitter (@Oecologies) and “Like” us on Facebook (! If you have questions about Oecologies, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Vin Nardizzi or the project assistant, Carmel Ohman.

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