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Dichotomy: from the dichotomous either/or to the relational both-and

The argument of this chapter follows directly from the appreciation expressed in the Introduction for the work of Lloyd and others in explicating the negative role of dualisms in the Western intellectual tradition (Lloyd 1993; see also Flax 1992, Green 1995). Plumwood’s work (1993, 1995) is also dedicated to documenting the important negative effects of dualism. She highlights the dualism involved in the specific opposition between ‘human’ and ‘nature’, leading to a whole series of dichotomous readings of the human condition.1