By Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

ISBN-10: 184472154X

ISBN-13: 9781844721542

Providing a singular, transdisciplinary method of environmental legislations, its rules, mechanics and context, as established in its software to the city setting, this publication strains the conceptual and fabric absence of verbal exchange among the human and the common and controversially comprises such a lack inside of a process of legislation and a procedure of geography which successfully stay closed to environmental issues. The publication appears at Niklas Luhmann's conception of autopoiesis. Introducing the main techniques and operations, contextualizing them and starting them as much as severe research. certainly, unlike so much discussions on autopoiesis, it proposes a appreciably varied interpreting of the idea, in keeping with severe criminal, political, sociological, city and ecological theories, whereas drawing from writings through Husserl and Derrida, in addition to Latour, Blanchot, Haraway, Agamben and Nancy. It explores a number of themes within the parts of environmental legislation and concrete geography, together with: environmental danger, environmental rights, the precautionary precept, intergenerational fairness and concrete waste discourses on neighborhood, nature, technological know-how and identification. the writer redefines the conventional foundations of environmental legislations and concrete geography and indicates a thorough manner of facing clinical lack of knowledge, cultural variations and environmental degradation in the perceived desire for felony supply of sure bet.

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1994; Gillespie, 2002) more successfully than others. Still, they do not amount to a critical mass that can confidently question itself. 26 Absent environments autopoietic parlance, environmental law’s functional differentiation is still taking place. 94 While potentially relevant, the debate is not necessarily fruitful if one considers that the ‘bringing forth’ of an autopoietic system is an arbitrary event, a distinction which may well have some correspondence with empirical reality, but is deprived of effect in the sense of ontological intervention.

129 See below, Chapter 4, specifically on the precautionary principle as presumption in the face of uncertainty. 130 Luhmann, 1989b: 63–75; also 1993a. 34 Absent environments in the form of inclusion of geographical and historical considerations in the topological self-description of the system. The environmental legal system is required to be spatio-temporally aware through a self-description of adequate environmental sensitivity – the epithet is intended in its double entendre. Autopoietically speaking, the environmental legal system is required to include its environment not only as a terrain for cognitive expeditions, an active consideration in the allocation of programme values and a factor of decision making, but also, significantly, as a source of complexity whose varying spatio-temporal parameters will feature decisively in the evolution of the system.

If one were to push aside the inherent absurdity of the task – namely the simplification of the irreducible complexity – one would end up with a duplication of the idiosyncratic nature of environmental law. Like several good psychological thrillers, where the detective discovers that he himself has been doing the murders, environmental law lurks on the other side of the distinction as the undomesticated ignorance of the environment. The relation between system and its environment is one of paradoxical continuum/rupture, where the environment finds itself both outside and inside; however, its internal apparition is just a ghost, an absence which ruptures the cognitive continuum.

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