Walter Powell-Linfield College Philosophy Lecture Series

Title

How Language Undermines the Revitalization of the Cultural Commons

Streaming Media

Document Type

Video File

Duration

1 hour 23 minutes 8 seconds

Publication Date

4-21-2013

Disciplines

Philosophy of Language | Sociology of Culture

Abstract

C.A. (Chet) Bowers, professor emeritus at Portland State University and courtesy professor of environmental studies at the University of Oregon, explores ideological, technological, and economic forces that have created a state of conflict that can be identified as an "ecology of war." In this lecture, Bowers discusses the cultural commons, or the intergenerational knowledge, skills, and mentoring relationships that exist in every community. According to Bowers, modernization undermines awareness of the traditional forms of knowledge that enable people to be self-sufficient rather than being dependent on consumerism.

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Sponsored by the Walter Powell Endowed Lecture Fund.

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