Defending the Humanities: Metaphor, Nature and Science

by Patrick Curry

Patrick Curry argues that in this time of ecocide, one of our urgent intellectual duties is to defend the humanities. Both they and the natural world are under assault by the modernist Megamachine, especially its engine charged with power-knowledge which he terms ‘technoscience’. The roots of this enmity lie in parts of Greek philosophy that are lodged deep in Western scientific metaphysics, with its longstanding hostility to overt metaphor. And metaphor, as Curry shows, is not only a kind of thinking or knowing but is fundamental to embodied life.


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About the Author

Patrick Curry

Patrick Curry lives in London, England. He has a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science, lectured in the universities of Kent and Bath Spa, and is the author of several books including Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien, Myth and Modernity (rev. edn 2004), Ecological Ethics: An Introduction (rev. 2nd edn 2017) and the forthcoming Enchantment: Wonder and its Enemies. More information and most of his articles and papers can be found on his website: