Editorial Introduction


As far as we know, philosophy, indeed thinking as such, happens only on one planet. In our previous volume, we examined the ways in which philosophical and scientific thought pursued a liberation from the local conditions of ‘earthly thought’, counteracting the limitations imposed by our terrestrial locale and the biological heredity that binds our cognition to it. In this volume, we turn our gaze back towards our home planet to ask how, as products of the Earth, philosophers, scientists and artists have attempted to encompass it in thought; and how the philosophical enterprise of thinking ‘the whole’ has been, and continues to be, determined by our belonging to the Earth…