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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Aesthetic Solidarity and Ethical Holism: Towards an Ecopedagogy

Dr Geoffrey W. Lummis.

The world’s leading scientists warn that western material reproduction is not sustainable in its present form. In order to avoid an ecological catastrophe in this century, our survival hinges upon the institutional development of a new pedagogy. I suggest an ecopedagogy in which the human ability to reason might become balanced with aesthetic capacities to think holistically, to feel, and to express feeling intelligently in the complexity of diverse global life-worlds. I describe a concept of aesthetic solidarity and ethical holism, that underscores the intrinsic worth of non-human entities as much as of humans, that links sensual intelligence with rational motives, and recognises intelligence of feeling in sentient life. I suggest solidarity in its most essential form, is an appreciation of the fact that the human neurological-cultural realm has evolved from, and is dependent upon diverse natural systems. That is, we are an outcome of the Earth’s ecosphere.


Dr Geoffrey W. Lummis  (Australia)
Lecturer: Education
Visual Arts Education Science Education
Edith Cowan University

- Fifth generation Australian. Childhood (Perth) Played and explored the coastal bushlands (late 1950's - 1960’s), summers surfing (1970’s -).
Studies: Churchlands Teachers College; Curtin University; University of Western Australia; Murdoch University.
Work: ED Dept of W A as a visual arts teacher and curriculum writer. Since 1986 training visual artists, visual arts teachers and science-technology teachers ECU. M Ed dissertation (1986) was an advocacy for aesthetic education to become a core educational experience. Ph D (2001) looks at aesthetic intelligence in human inquiry and activity

  • Aesthetics
  • Ecology
  • Ecopedagogy
  • Ethics
  • Holism
  • Intelligence
  • Intrinsic
  • Sensuous
  • Solidarity
  • Sustainability

(60 min. Workshop, English)