Environmental Culture: The Ecological Crisis of Reason / Edition 1

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Overview

This is a much-needed and clearly argued account of what has gone wrong in our thinking about the environment. Rather than looking at the symptoms of environmental degradation, Val Plumwood looks at their roots. She argues that we need to move away from the isolated, individualistic and liberal conception we have of our place in nature and see humanity as part of our ecological world-view, not standing outside it. She contends that nature should be seen as an end itself, rather than as an instrument to get what we want. Using examples of small-scale political communities, the treatment of non-human animals and ecological science, Plumwood presents a radically new picture of how our culture must change to accommodate nature.
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What People Are Saying

Sandra Harding
...a splendid contribution to contemporary debates about environmental issues.
— Sandra Harding, UCLA
Karen Warren
...vintage Plumwood: clear, insightful, well-argued, compelling....Anyone interested in environmental, feminist, or political philosophy will want to read it.
— (Karen Warren, Macalaster College)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415178785
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Environmental Philosophies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Ecological Crisis of Reason 2. Rationalism and the Ambiguity of Science 3. The Politics of Ecological Rationality 4. Inequality and Ecological Rationality 5. Human-Centredness and its Blindspots 6. Philosophy, Prudence and Anthropocentrism 7. The Ethics of Commodification 8. Towards a Dialogical Interspecies Ethics 9. Unity, Solidarity and Deep Ecology 10. Towards a Spirituality of Place

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