Eco-Ontology and Mental Intention: Animus, Enmity, Amity

By Robert Richard Windle III.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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I argue that social and cultural concepts both permeate into the individual psyche while also having consequences for the natural world. This results because these three entities (the natural world, the realm of the collective life-world, and the individual psyche) are nodes which correspond on a nexus thereby creating reality or existence. Therefore, changes or alterations in any one correspondingly affect the system in its entirety. I intend to examine the concept of the individual/social world as it exists under the dominating episteme of our times in order to determine the consequences that it holds for us today. I use the development theory and concepts of Jean Piaget to frame this inquiry. I suggest that these three components formulate an interrelated, corresponding, and overlapping existence. They constitute the entirety of the phenomenological realm. Not only are these components of existence reciprocal, but there is a logical intention―performed and harmonized by all three―that I will call Animus. Finally I will touch on the psychological, social, and environmental consequences that are produced when this system becomes unbalanced.

Keywords: Social Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Social Theory, Psychological Development, Philosophy, Interdisciplinary

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.99-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 424.455KB).

Robert Richard Windle III

Graduate Assistant, Master of Humanities, Master of Social Science Program, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, USA

Received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico in Philosophy and Political Science. His interests are directed towards the theoretical and philosophical with the approach and goal of interdisciplinarity and broaching discourses. Professionally he works in Education and Mental Health, specializing in learning disorders and literacy. He works continually to combine ideas from disciplines such as Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science to address current issues such as ecology. He is currently finishing a Master of Humanity degree with a focus on Philosophy and Theory at the University of Colorado in Denver.