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Title: The historical ontology of environment : from the unity of nature to the birth of geopolitics
Author: Conway, Philip
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 5616
Awarding Body: Aberystwyth University
Current Institution: Aberystwyth University
Date of Award: 2019
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Where are we? What time are we in? What is our shared reality? Integrally, this thesis concerns matters of spatial relation, epochal differentiation, and ontological association. Substantively, it constructs a history of three concepts - milieu, climate, and environment - tracing their distinct but interrelated development up to the start of the twentieth century. Analytically, it identifies differences between specific instances of conception, emphasising their contemporaneous (i.e. at their time) rather than contemporary (at this time) significance. Diagnostically, it understands these differentiable conceptions of spatial relation to be formative, in however minor a fashion, of collectively particular and historically variable ontologies. Conceptually, it formulates a distinct understanding of what 'ontology' should mean with respect to such matters. Speculatively, it begins to reformulate certain strands of this inherited, and conflicted, legacy of conception, with a view towards present problems. In short, this thesis undertakes a historical and philosophical study of these three concepts in order to pose questions regarding our prevailing modes of thought.
Supervisor: Linklater, Andrew ; Morus, Iwan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: historical ontology ; milieu ; climate ; environment