Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish by Elizabeth V. SpelmanTrash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish by Elizabeth V. Spelman

Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish

byElizabeth V. Spelman

Hardcover | May 15, 2016

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A lively investigation of the intimate connections we maintain with the things we toss away .It's hard to think of trash as anything but a growing menace. Our communities face crises over what to do with the mountains of rubbish we produce, the enormous amount of biological waste generated by humans and animals, and the truckloads of electronic equipment judged to be obsolete. All thiseffluvia poses widespread problems for human health, the well-being of the planet, and the quality of our lives.But though our notorious habits of disposal have put us well on the way to making the earth inhospitable to life, our relation to rejectamenta includes much more than shedding and tossing. In Trash Talks, philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman explores the extent to which we rely on trash and waste tomake sense of our lives. Examples are rich: We use people's rubbish to gain information about them. We trumpet wastefulness as a means of signaling social status. We take the occupation of handling trash and garbage as revelatory of possible moral or spiritual shortcomings. We are intrigued by or indistress over the idea that evolution is a prodigiously wasteful process and that it is to the dustbin that each of us, and our species, shall ultimately repair. In the heaps of our trash, some see consequences of dissatisfaction, while others find confirmation of a flourishing consumer economy.While we may want to shove debris and detritus out of sight, many of our most impassioned projects involve keeping these objects resolutely in mind. Trash talks, and there is much of which it speaks.
Elizabeth V. Spelman is Professor of Philosophy and Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities at Smith College. Trash Talks, her fourth book, shares with her earlier work on repair a preoccupation with mining philosophically rich features of everyday activities. She lives and produces rubbish in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Title:Trash Talks: Revelations in the RubbishFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:May 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190239352

ISBN - 13:9780190239350

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Trash Talks2. A Taste for Waste3. On Taking Out the Trash4. Evolutionary Trash5. Desire, Dissatisfaction and Disposability6. On Knowing Waste When You See ItEpilogueBibliographyIndex