James R. Martin

I’m an eco-cultural philosopher — which is a fancy way of saying I am obsessed with trying to understand our human relationship to ecosystems and the biosphere in relation to philosophy of culture.


Biospheric Cognition

Biospheric cognition, when brightly lit, always places the biosphere first and central. Always. Biospheric cognition is a context in which understanding and meaning take place as the very biosphere itself (Herself) cognizing with and through us, awake or awakening to itself/Herself as us.

May 23, 2024


Politics (Sometimes it is necessary to wander)

We have forgotten that every politics is an ethos. We have bought the lie that all things are public or private.

March 12, 2024

apples and oranges

Cultural Obsolescence & Ontological Revolution (Part 3)

Our entire cultural pattern of making sense of things is rooted in the sense of our being separate from one another, isolated and alone.

I believe we’re going to have to address the very root of the metacrisis where it emerges from the ground of its pseudo-being.

December 19, 2023

terraforming Mars

Cultural Obsolescence & Ontological Revolution (Part 2)

Short for “fossil fuel obsolescence,” the larger concept / narrative I provided was one in which our civilization continues to design itself around (in accordance with) the premise of cheap fossil fuels (measured both in economic and ecological terms), even though those days are well behind us.

December 18, 2023


Cultural Obsolescence & Ontological Revolution: bringing philosophy into the 21st century

We can barely even begin to imagine an amodern / postmodern / metamodern relational culture. But imagining it we must.

December 18, 2023


Energy Descent, a Kaleidoscopic Dialogue

It may seem odd that I’d begin an essay on the topic of energy descent as I am, by speaking of this theme specifically as a topic of philosophical concern. But I have my reasons for doing so, as hopefully you’ll soon understand.

November 13, 2023

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