Rowman and Littlefield International

On the Verge of a Planetary Civilization

A Philosophy of Integral Ecology

By Sam Mickey

3 Reviews

On the Verge of a Planetary Civilization: A Philosophy of Integral Ecology draws on the work of Gilles Deleuze, and his contemporaries and successors, in order to explore the ecological problems facing our globally interconnected civilization.

Hardback ISBN: 9781783481361 Release date: Sep 2014
£92.00 €105.00 $119.00
Paperback ISBN: 9781783481378 Release date: Sep 2014
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Ebook ISBN: 9781783481385 Release date: Sep 2014
£24.95 €34.95 $38.00

Pages: 268


On the Verge of a Planetary Civilization presents a philosophical contribution to integral ecology—an emerging approach to the field that crosses disciplinary boundaries of the humanities and sciences.

In this original book, Sam Mickey argues for the transdisciplinary significance of philosophical concepts that facilitate understandings of and responses to the boundaries involved in ecological issues. Mickey demonstrates how much the provocative French philosopher Gilles Deleuze contributes to the development of such concepts, situating his work in dialogue with that of his colleagues Felix Guattari and Jacques Derrida, and with theorists who are adapting his concepts in contemporary contexts such as Isabelle Stengers, Catherine Keller, and the speculative realist movement of object-oriented ontology.

The book focuses on the overlapping existential, social and environmental aspects of the ecological problems pervading our increasingly interconnected planet. It explores the boundaries between

  • self and other,
  • humans and nonhumans,
  • sciences and humanities,
  • monism and pluralism,
  • sacred and secular,
  • fact and fiction,
  • the beginning and end of the world, and much more.


1. Introduction
1.1 Becoming Ecological
1.2 Becoming Integral
1.3 Becoming Humorous
1.4 Becoming Speculative

2. Beginning
2.1 Opening
2.2 Decisions
2.3 Examples
2.4 Chorology
2.5 Chaosmos

3. Middle
3.1 Sense
3.2 Rhizomes
3.3 Nomads
3.4 Omnicentric
3.5 Anthropocosmic

4. Ending
4.1 Apocalypse
4.2 From Globes to Planets
4.3 Planetary Love
4.4 Cosmopolitics

5. Conclusion
5.1 Refrain
5.2 Compost
5.3 The SF Mode
5.4 On the Verge

Works Cited

Sam Mickey is adjunct professor in theology and religious studies, and environmental studies at the University of San Francisco. He is a co-editor of Integral Ecologies (forthcoming) and has published articles in numerous journals. He blogs at

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3 Reviews

Reading major postmodern theorists in the light of integral theory, Sam Mickey's path-breaking book points the way to environmentalism of the future. He has made an important contribution toward our understanding of the emergent, subtle, and complex entwining of humankind and nature. Highly recommended for those who want to understand the cutting edge of contemporary environmental theory.

Michael E. Zimmerman, professor of philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder

This book is much needed. The book skilfully and articulately brings together difficult concepts from the philosophies of event-oriented ontology, object-oriented ontology, and speculative realism to bear on our contemporary ecological crises. Furthermore, the book does not merely think about ecology, but begins to ask how ecological thinking changes our ways of thinking, doing ethics, and philosophizing in general.

Whitney Bauman, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Florida International University

The ongoing reinvention of our thought tradition is soaring into the task of developing a new philosophy of Earth, a philosophy of Gaia, a philosophy powerful enough to effect a fundamental transformation of humanity's functioning within the enveloping community of life. For anyone interested in joining this historic venture, there is no better pathway in than Sam Mickey's book.

Brian Thomas Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies.

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