Applications of Environmental Philosophy is a senior-level collaborative seminar built on a foundation of philosophical inquiry and devoted largely to exploring real-world creative applications of philosophy’s sometimes ethereal concepts.. This course draws on these threads of contemporary century environmental thinking to propose a new approach to engaging in environmental discourse through a performative, affective eco-practice.
Students in Applications will build a foundational understanding of Affect Theory, Performativity, Phenomenology, and Embodiment in order to critique a diversity of both student and faculty-derived case studies. The basis for this exploration is to give students the space, tools, and inspiration to build creative ArtScience-based solutions to human/ecological challenges by drawing on resources from a wide array of sources.
Applications is divided into three distinct phases. First, in 3-weeks of lecture/discussion, the class provides framing necessary to scaffold group and independent engagements. Second, in 3-weeks of collaboratively designed case studies, the class will look at examples of material ArtScience and transdisciplinary makers. This section will include at least one extended field trip (to the MIT MediaLab). Third, the final 4 weeks will be devoted to group and independent projects that address key issues raised throughout the first 6 weeks of the course. We will also have the opportunity to propose a collaborative article to the Leonardo Journal through its Pioneers and Pathbreakers / Narratives in Dark Culture project.