Non-voluntary search for life

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Jiří Olšovský


We live at a time when anthropogenic processes can lead to the complete devastation of life on Earth. Is it necessary to think – how the climate change could be affected positively? According to the author, it is necessary to achieve a turning point in thinking, to reach fundamental understanding of the environmental problems, and subsequently to change political-economic processes, to harmonize human activity with natural cycles – but this cannot be done with our old awareness. First and foremost, the latest scientific knowledge of climate change, soil pollution, water, atmosphere is needed – the “blindness” neglecting this information is obviously driven by dogmatic and ideological reasons. Knowledge about the basic facts concerning the most pressing world's problems is, in fact, basic (environmental) education that politicians need in the first place not to stay in their shortsighted, comfortable and appealing decisions. Understanding of wider contexts, however, requires a "jump in thinking", the courage to leave rigid, conservative views. Perhaps it is a transformation of rationality as such – the transition from the hyper-ratiocinative dominance over nature to the perceptual, empathic understanding of being and reality. The first one, from today's perspective, appears to be a predatory, calculatively exploiting ideology that is against true humanity.


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Olšovský, J. (2017). Non-voluntary search for life. Envigogika, 12(2).
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Jiří Olšovský, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Institute of Philosophy of Czech Academy of Sciences

PhDr. Ing. Jiří Olšovský, Ph.D., Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Institute of Philosophy of Czech Academy of Sciences, samostatný badatel,