Val Plumwood

The feminist philosophy community is mourning the loss of Val Plumwood. I wish I’d known her. The Canberra Times reports,

A renowned ecofeminist who survived a harrowing crocodile attack in the mid-1980s has been found dead at her property near Braidwood, possibly falling victim to a snake bite.

Val Plumwood’s body was found on Saturday afternoon at her home.

Police have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

An autopsy will be carried out to determine the exact cause of death but it is thought she died as a result of heart failure, possibly arising from an insect or snake bite.”

And on the FEAST list, Joan Callahan wrote,

I’d like to add my own deep sense of loss to the news of Val Plumwood’s death. In addition to being the singular scholar Chaone notes, she was an extremely interested and interesting person. She happened to stay at my farm one time, and I found her in the early morning out playing her tin whistle for the horses. They were mesmerized, as was I. She said that she lived in the outback with no cats or dogs, because they were predators and she wanted the ordinary animals of that place to stay living there. If, as the story has it, she was whisked off the planet by a snake, there is every reason to believe she would have considered that fitting.