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Carnal Hermeneutics$
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Richard Kearney and Brian Treanor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265886

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265886.001.0001

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Biodiversity and the Diacritics of Life

Biodiversity and the Diacritics of Life

(p.235) Biodiversity and the Diacritics of Life
Carnal Hermeneutics

Ted Toadvine

Fordham University Press

This chapter questions the meaning and value of the notion of “biodiversity.” Although widely used in economic, political, and philosophical, and popular discourse, its empirical and ethical value is far from clear. Building on Kearny’s diacritical hermeneutics—as well as earlier work by Merleau-Ponty and others—the author suggest a form of “biodiacritics.” On this view, the unity of the different nodes of life is in the intervals and gaps that constitute them; each one “implies” the whole and therefore hangs together with the whole insofar as its own identity is the determinate negation of every other moment in the whole.

Keywords:   Diacritical hermeneutics, Biodiacritics, Biodiversity, Merleau-Ponty, Life

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