Inspired by the ecosophical writings of Felix Guattari, this PDF ebook, Ecosophical Aesthetics: Art, Ethics and Ecology with Guattari, explores the many ways that aesthetics – in the forms offilm, sculpture, visual art, painting, literature, and the screenplay – can act as catalysts, allowing us to see the world differently, beyond traditional modes of representation. This is in direct parallel to Guattari’s own attempt to break down the 19th century Kantian dialectic between art, man, and world, in favour of a non-hierarchical, transversal approach, to produce a more ethical and ecologically sensitive world view.
Each chapter author analyses artworks which critique capitalism’s industrial devastation of the environment, while at the same time offering affirmative, imaginative futures suggested by art. Including contributions from film theorists, philosophers, and artists, this ebook asks: How can art catalyze new ethical relations with non-human entities and the environment? How can we interact with the world in a non-dominant and non-destructive way? And, crucially, what part can philosophy play in rethinking these structures of interaction?