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Ferhat Taylan: Mesology and Ecology
Mesology and Ecology
(p. 31 – 41)

Ferhat Taylan

Mesology and Ecology
Two Alternative Views of the Environment and Their Political Implications in the Nineteenth Century

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  • contemporary art
  • global ecology
  • ecology
  • art theory

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Ferhat Taylan

is postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at the University of Li ge within the context of the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS). The focus of his research lies on the modern categories of environmental knowledge and their implication in social policies. His PhD thesis explored the French notion of ‘milieu’ as well as its ramifications in social sciences and politics, published 2018 by Editions de la Sorbonne as Mésopolitique. Connaître, théoriser, gouverner les milieux de vie (1750–1900). He is author of an essay on historical epistemology, Concepts et rationalités. Héritages de l'épistémologie historique de Meyerson à Foucault (Editions Matériologiques, 2018). Furthermore Taylan has taught philosophy of environment at the Nanterre University and science studies at Sciences Po in Paris.
Other texts by Ferhat Taylan for DIAPHANES
Marietta Kesting (ed.), Maria Muhle (ed.), ...: Hybrid Ecologies

The notion of ecology not only figures centrally in current debates around climate change, but also traverses contemporary discourses in the arts, the humanities, and the social and techno sciences. In its present reformulation it refers to the multi-layered and multi-dimensional nexus of reciprocities between living processes, technological and media practices, i.e. to the complex relations of human and nonhuman agents. The book Hybrid Ecologies understands ecology as an ambivalent notion, whose multivalence opens up new fields of action and yet, thanks precisely to this openness and vast applicability, at the same time raises questions not least concerning its genealogy. The interdisciplinary contributions seek to explore the political and social effects that a rethinking of community in ecological and thus also in biopolitical terms may provoke, and which consequences the contemporary notion of ecology might entail for artistic and design practices in particular. The present publication is the result of the fifth annual program of the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies, which was conceived in cooperation with the Chair of Philosophy | Aesthetic Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.