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Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish

Elizabeth V. Spelman


People’s notorious habits of disposal appear to have put them well on the way to making the earth inhospitable to life. But their relation to rejectamenta includes much more than shedding and tossing. Trash Talks offers a portrait of the intimate ties people maintain with the dumped and discarded. Scavenging with abandon from sundry sources, including Veblen, Darwin, Freud, Plato, Buddha, Milton, and Locke, the book explores the extent to which people rely on trash and waste to make sense of their lives and to shape connections with others. Examples are deliriously rich: Some people use others ... More

Keywords: trash, wastefulness, rejectamenta, Veblen, Darwin, Freud, Plato, Buddha, Milton, Locke

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190239350
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth V. Spelman, author
Professor of Philosophy and Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities, Smith College