We have imagined a separation between humans and everything else. This dividing line was conceived in an innately scientific mind, segregating civilized from uncivilized and master from slave. It is the basis for modern civilization. Industrial activity, environmentalism, and activism are impossible without it, and yet it is as arbitrary and unnecessary as a line in the sand.
It is just as easy to erase. This is The False Division.In his debut philosophical treatise, Jonathan Hontz examines this fundamental trait of civilization, exploring its roots, implications, and the reasons this division is false. Beginning with a discussion of science and mathematics, the work goes on to describe how industrial practices have co-opted scientific information for use by a global civilization. This civilization recognizes little, if any, commonalities between itself and its surroundings.The consequences of such a worldview reach from industrial capitalists to environmental activists, and The False Division leads a concise and powerful investigation of these effects. The book is a fresh look at an infrequently-traversed territory, containing not only incisive commentary, but also tremendous encouragement for independent thought. Not to be missed.
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Jonathan Hontz is a writer, philosopher, railroader, musician, gardener, and cyclist. Originally from Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania, he moved across the country and settled in Denver, Colorado, following his military service.During his college career, and after graduation from the University of Colorado with a BA in Philosophy, he worked in various heavy industries, public service institutions, and nonprofit organizations. He is certified in permaculture design by the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. As a lifelong bicycle commuter, he is frequently found pedaling his way through any town he inhabits.