Philosophica: International Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 20, Issue 40, November 2012

Ética Animal e Ética Ambiental

Nuno Pereira Castanheira
Pages 57-68

Ser Humano Desalojado
Para Uma Compreensão da Crise “Ecológica”

According to the United Nations, human intervention in nature set loose a series of transformations on the Earth’s ecosystems, resulting in a serious disruption of their natural balance. Some of these changes are irreversible and threaten all life on Earth, human life included. On the other hand, the world’s sociopolitical situation also seems to have reached a dead end, with millions of people living in poverty, unemployed, undernourished, and on flight from conflict. The purpose of this paper is to show how Hannah Arendt’s thought on beginnings, crisis, understanding, meaning and human existence can illuminate and inspire an attempt to retrace the origins of this “ecological” crisis, understood as the human being’s inability to be at home in the world.