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Absent Environments Theorising Environmental Law and the City

By: Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
224 pages
Publisher: Routledge
Absent Environments
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  • Absent Environments ISBN: 9781844721542 Hardback Jun 2007 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1 week
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Offering a novel approach to environmental law, its principles, mechanics and context, as tested in its application to the urban environment, this book proposes a new theory of environmental law, starting from a description of a society effectively closed to environmental considerations, where the environment is essentially 'absent'.

The book introduces the reader to the key concept of closure as it is described in Luhmann's theory of autopoiesis. Rather than following in the footsteps of previous discussions it proposes a radically different reading of the theory, in line with post-modern legal, political, sociological, urban and ecological theories and emphasizes the paradox of the (absent) environment.

It explores a range of topics in the areas of environmental law and urban georagphy, including:

*environmental risk, environmental rights, the precautionary principle and urban waste
*discourses on community, proceduralization and identity and a phenomenological analysis of the city.

The author redefines the traditional foundations of environmental law and urban geography and suggests a new way of dealing with scientific ignorance, cultural differences and environmental risk.


1 The Law: Closure and Environmental Law closure and the law -- criticisms -- inside looking inside -- in asymmetry 2 The City: Utopia, Society and Reality city and society -- reality, 'reality', and utopia -- matter and meaning -- the cybercity -- globalisation -- in absence 3 Links: Observation, Simulation, Essence a relation of no connection -- internal links -- essence -- unutterance -- an observer -- in essence 4 Risk: Future, Science and the Precautionary Principle risk and time -- the future of systems -- the precautionary principle -- science and politics -- in limitation 5 Boundary Selections: Community and Environmental Rights placation and porosity -- community -- porous community -- environmental rights -- in particular 6 Waste: Openness, Memory and Forgetting openness -- waste -- waste law -- law's waste -- in memory Notes Bibliography

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Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, LLB (Thessaloniki), LLM (Cambridge), PhD (London) is a Reader in Law, University of Westminster
By: Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
224 pages
Publisher: Routledge
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