Date of Award

5-22-2016

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Susan Feldman

Language

English

Abstract

Queer ecology brings together queer theory with environmental philosophy and ecology. This paper aims to show how and why queer ecology is a liberatory theory. It investigates the major aspects of queer theory, anti-essentialism and anti-total theory, and explores how these tenets shape queer ecology through ecofeminism and constructionism. Specifically, queer ecology is interested in the construction of science, technology, and nature. This paper develops a queer construction of nature through the concepts of cyborg theory, natureculture, and queernatureculture. Considering these projects within queer ecology in conjunction with a philosophical examination of liberation and what it means to be liberatory, this paper articulates that the anti-essentialist foundation of queer ecology is liberatory. Queer ecology has liberatory effects due to its commitment to group formation through solidarity, coalition building, and affinity.

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