Beneath the Surface: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Deep Ecology

Beneath the Surface: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Deep Ecology

by Eric Katz
     
 

ISBN-10: 026261149X

ISBN-13: 9780262611497

Pub. Date: 06/20/2000

Publisher: MIT Press

The philosophy of deep ecology originated in the 1970s with the Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess and has since spread around the world. Its basic premises are a belief in the intrinsic value of nonhuman nature, a belief that ecological principles should dictate human actions and moral evaluations, an emphasis on noninterference into natural processes, and a

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The philosophy of deep ecology originated in the 1970s with the Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess and has since spread around the world. Its basic premises are a belief in the intrinsic value of nonhuman nature, a belief that ecological principles should dictate human actions and moral evaluations, an emphasis on noninterference into natural processes, and a critique of materialism and technological progress.This book approaches deep ecology as a philosophy, not as a political, social, or environmental movement. In part I, the authors compare deep ecology's philosophical ideas with other positions and debates in environmental philosophy and to other schools of thought such as social ecology, ecofeminism, and moral pluralism. In part II, they investigate the connections between deep ecology and other contemporary world views, such as continental philosophy, postmodernism,
and non-Western philosophical traditions. The first anthology on deep ecology that is not primarily the work of the movement's followers, Beneath the Surface offers a rigorous assessment of deep ecology's strengths and weaknesses as a philosophical position.Contributors : John Clark, Deane Curtin, Arran Gare, William Grey, Mathew
Humphrey, Knut Jacobsen, Eric Katz, Andrew Light, Jonathan Maskit, Val Plumwood,
David Rothenberg, Ariel Salleh, Bron Taylor, Michael Zimmerman.

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ISBN-13:
9780262611497
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/20/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

About the Contributors
Introduction: Deep Ecology as Philosophy
IDeep Ecology and Its Critics1
1How Wide Is Deep Ecology?3
2Against the Inevitability of Anthropocentrism17
3A Critique of Deep Green Theory43
4Deep Ecology, Deep Pockets, and Deep Problems: A Feminist Ecosocialist Analysis59
5Ontological Determinism and Deep Ecology: Evading the Moral Questions?85
6In Defense of Deep Ecology: An Ecofeminist Response to a Liberal Critique107
7Callicott and Naess on Pluralism125
IINew Horizons for Deep Ecology149
8No World but in Things: The Poetry of Naess's Concrete Contents151
9Possible Political Problems of Earth-Based Religiosity169
10The Postmodernism of Deep Ecology, the Deep Ecology of Postmodernism, and Grand Narratives195
11Deep Ecology and Desire: On Naess and the Problem of Consumption215
12Bhagavadgita, Ecosophy T, and Deep Ecology231
13A State of Mind Like Water: Ecosophy T and the Buddhist Traditions253
14Deep Ecology and Its Social Philosophy: A Critique269
Bibliography301
Index321

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