Nature  knowledge toward wisdom: the social body

 

The notion of the social body is the main concept of this unit as our bodies are intersections between nature and culture and intertwined with the society in which we live in. The concept of the social body concerns two interlaced aspects of the individual in relation to society and the individual as society. The single being can be understood as a microcosmic manifestation of society, symbolizing the autonomous being, i.e. the self-aware being in recognizing her/his responsibility and in offering possible solidarities.

Nature is playing an eminent role in social imaginaries (the ocean, for instance, embodies the subconscious). The natural imaginary complexes are used both in socio-political discourse, analysis and in literature in relation to social critique, as for example in Martin Luther King’s John Donne quote; Hobbes’ Leviathan; in Melville’s Moby Dick; Shakespeare’s The Tempest; the Odyssey etc.).  The real and imagined nature are gaining political importance, concerning globalization, refugee crisis, pollution, and capitalistic exploitation. But in nature, we find formations and critters which give us the opportunity to reflect about models of social activity, as we can find, for example, in the definitions like grassroots movement, the Deleuzian rhizome, or in utopian and fantasy novels.

 

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