Poetics of the Earth is a work of environmental philosophy, based on a synthesis of eastern and western thought on natural and human history. It draws on recent biological research to show how the processes of evolution and history both function according to the same principles.

Augustin Berque rejects the separation of nature and culture which he believes lies at the root of the environmental crisis. This book proposes a three stage process of "re-worlding" (moving away from the individualized self to become a part of the common world), "re-concretizing" (understanding the meaning and historical development of words and things) and "re-engaging" (reconsidering the relationship between history and subjectivity at every level of being) in order to bring western thought on nature and culture into sustainable harmony and alignment.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental studies, environmental philosophy, Asian studies and the natural sciences.


part I|2 pages


chapter 1|10 pages

The poem’s reversal

chapter 2|28 pages

Destinies of the subject

chapter 3|7 pages

Destinies of the objects

chapter 4|17 pages

Acosmia, or cosmicity?

part II|2 pages


chapter 5|28 pages

Human mediance

chapter 6|18 pages

Growing together

chapter 7|28 pages

Including the middle

part III|2 pages


chapter 9|13 pages

The contingency of life itself

chapter 10|19 pages

History, evolution, trajection

chapter |2 pages


Earth, to be sure, is the name we give it, but Earth is the one that asserts us