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Changing Paradigms

Flux and Stability in Past Environments

Liliana Janik

This article introduces and illustrates the need to reassess the way we conceive of human 'adaptation' to the natural environment. The primary case considered is the south-eastern Baltic Sea region during the mid-Holocene. The article argues for the importance of the notion of a metastable ecosystem in debate about climatic and environmental changes. Through a discussion of the culturally governed choices made by human communities in non-equilibrium ecosystems, we are able critically to examine highly influential theories of environmental determinism.

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Cameron Bassiri

identity, as well as that of the nature of organized action as a whole. Moreover, we will show the role that the concept of metastability plays within the context of a group. 5 This concept was central to Sartre’s analysis of bad faith in Being and

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Being-for-itself and the Ontological Structure

Can Being-for-itself Avoid Bad Faith?

Ronald E. Santoni

very being of a person.” 13 This flight from freedom towards the in-itself, towards being stable nature rather than métastable, this desire to be God, is our most fundamental project, and this project is our ongoing project of bad faith. In

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Ronald E. Santoni

amphiboliques ] that pertain to the metastability of human consciousness, leading her to false ‘persuasion’ or ‘non-persuasion’. So we can say that Sartre's ‘bad faith’, on Webber's rendition, is not ‘an honest mistake’: it is a project that is constitutive of