Laudato Si’, Technologies of Power and Environmental Injustice: Toward an Eco-Politics Guided by Contemplation

Laudato Si’, Technologies of Power and Environmental Injustice: Toward an Eco-Politics Guided... J Agric Environ Ethics https://doi.org/10.1007/s10806-018-9732-9 ARTICLES Laudato Si’, Technologies of Power and Environmental Injustice: Toward an Eco-Politics Guided by Contemplation Jessica Ludescher Imanaka Accepted: 11 May 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract This paper explores how Pope Francis’ critique of ‘‘the technocratic paradigm’’ in Laudato Si’ can contribute to an environmental ethics governed by asymmetries of power and agency. The technocratic paradigm is here theorized as linked to forms of anthropocentrism that together engender a dangerous alliance between the powers of technology and technologies of power. The meaning and import of this view become clearer when the background of these ideas gets excavated in the works of Romano Guardini. The contemporary manifestation of Guardini’s warnings appears in the form of myriad environmental injustices wrought by structures of power linked to technology. To counter such injustices, we must discern which types of technologies to develop and how to limit technocratic approaches for the sake of other values. The integral ecological outlook favored by Francis may be interpreted as a kind of eco-politics, or even, controversially, an eco- technology, with the cultivation of technologies of contemplation. Applying Peter Sloterdijk’s conceptions of anthropotechnics and monogeism to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics Springer Journals

Laudato Si’, Technologies of Power and Environmental Injustice: Toward an Eco-Politics Guided by Contemplation

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Springer Netherlands
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
Subject
Philosophy; Ethics; Evolutionary Biology; Agricultural Economics; Theory of Medicine/Bioethics; Plant Sciences
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1187-7863
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1573-322X
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10.1007/s10806-018-9732-9
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J Agric Environ Ethics https://doi.org/10.1007/s10806-018-9732-9 ARTICLES Laudato Si’, Technologies of Power and Environmental Injustice: Toward an Eco-Politics Guided by Contemplation Jessica Ludescher Imanaka Accepted: 11 May 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract This paper explores how Pope Francis’ critique of ‘‘the technocratic paradigm’’ in Laudato Si’ can contribute to an environmental ethics governed by asymmetries of power and agency. The technocratic paradigm is here theorized as linked to forms of anthropocentrism that together engender a dangerous alliance between the powers of technology and technologies of power. The meaning and import of this view become clearer when the background of these ideas gets excavated in the works of Romano Guardini. The contemporary manifestation of Guardini’s warnings appears in the form of myriad environmental injustices wrought by structures of power linked to technology. To counter such injustices, we must discern which types of technologies to develop and how to limit technocratic approaches for the sake of other values. The integral ecological outlook favored by Francis may be interpreted as a kind of eco-politics, or even, controversially, an eco- technology, with the cultivation of technologies of contemplation. Applying Peter Sloterdijk’s conceptions of anthropotechnics and monogeism to the

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Journal of Agricultural and Environmental EthicsSpringer Journals

Published: May 30, 2018

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