Volume 17 · Number 3 · Pages 195–197
Loving a Place as Participatory Sense-Making?

Michelle Maiese

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Open peer commentary on the article “Loving the Earth by Loving a Place: A Situated Approach to the Love of Nature” by Laura Candiotto. Abstract: Candiotto appeals to the panpsychist notion of “becoming native” and the enactivist notion of “loving sense-making” to develop a situated approach to the love of nature. Although I am fully on board with Candiotto’s claim that love of nature is of paramount importance and that community-based local interventions to preserve the Earth are urgently needed, I worry that an account that conceptualizes love of nature in terms of participatory sense-making is on shaky ground. The supposition that the Earth, localized in particular places, is a partner in a participatory process of creating meaning will strike many readers as implausible, and thus may prove to be inadequate in motivating interventions to preserve the Earth.


Maiese M. (2022) Loving a place as participatory sense-making? Constructivist Foundations 17(3): 195–197. https://constructivist.info/17/3/195

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Michelle Maiese received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2005 and is now Professor of Philosophy at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. Her research addresses issues in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychiatry, and emotion theory. She has authored or co-authored five books: Embodied Minds in Action (co-authored with Robert Hanna, 2009), Embodied, Emotion, and Cognition (2011), Embodied Selves and Divided Minds (2015), The Mind–Body Politic (co-authored with Robert Hanna, 2019), and Autonomy, Enactivism, and Mental Disorder (2022). ▸︎ Google︎ Scholar

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