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.


A Portable Hospitality

Hospitality isn’t charity. It is belonging. Only those who belong with soil, people, animals, plants and fungi are ever truly at home.

May 23, 2023

old schoolhouse

Between Education and Catastrophe

I do tend to think of education in a very broad, open contextualization. I don’t think it is wise to isolate the concept of education into schools and schooling.

May 16, 2023

barn raising

Public, Private, Communal: Gift is not theft

Not everyone will yet be ready to meet us in commoning. But some will. And these are the friends we will be needing

May 11, 2023


Artificial Intelligence & The Polycrisis

The arrival of this AI challenge to our adaptive capacities is occurring precisely at the historical moment in which all of the other facets of the polycrisis are reaching a kind of historical crescendo or apogee.

May 5, 2023

Heritage chickens

Livelihood: a new and old idea

As an eco-cultural philosopher (and poet), I’m strongly inclined to believe modern humans have almost entirely lost the sense of the word which became our contemporary word, livelihood. Why?

April 18, 2023

Ad Parnassum by Paul Klee

Community, Belonging and the Polycrisis

The sense of belonging in community I think we all deeply need now weaves human beings in—integrates us—with the other-than-human world, such that our neighbors are not just our fellow humans, but all of the life around us.

April 6, 2023

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