Inhabiting the Earth: Heidegger, Environmental Ethics and the Metaphysics of Nature

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In Inhabiting the Earth Foltz undertakes the first sustained analysis of how Heidegger's thought can contribute to environmental ethics and to the more broadly conceived field of environmental philosophy.

Through a comprehensive study of the status of "nature" and related concepts such as "earth" in the thought of Martin Heidegger, Foltz attempts to show how Heidegger's understanding of the natural environment and our relation to it offer a ...

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Overview

In Inhabiting the Earth Foltz undertakes the first sustained analysis of how Heidegger's thought can contribute to environmental ethics and to the more broadly conceived field of environmental philosophy.

Through a comprehensive study of the status of "nature" and related concepts such as "earth" in the thought of Martin Heidegger, Foltz attempts to show how Heidegger's understanding of the natural environment and our relation to it offer a more promising basis for environmental philosophy than others that have so far been put forward.

Indeed, Dr. Foltz finds that to ecofeminism and social ecology, whose prescriptions are based on historically oriented etiologies of domination and oppression, Heidegger's work offers what is arguably the first comprehensive and nonreductive philosophy of history since Hegel that can embrace both nature and humanity in one narrative, and the first since Augustine that can do this while granting to nature a messure of selfstanding.

But it is probably for the environmental philosophies of deep ecology, bioregionalism, and ecological holism that Heidegger's work has the most immediate, as well as the most extensive implications, because it is to them that it has the most affinity. Finally, as a corrective and a major challenge to deep ecology, which has tended to valorize the scientific approach to nature, Heidegger's work provides a sophisticated basis for showing the primacy of the poetic in the task of learning to inhabit the earth rightly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573926096
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1 Earth, Nature, and Environment: An Introduction to the Problem and a Summary of the Argument 3
2 The Critique of the Traditional Metaphysics of Nature in Heidegger's Early Writings 21
3 The "Primordial Sense" of Nature in the Early Writings 37
4 The History of Being 53
5 Science and Metaphysics: Nature as Object 63
6 The Technological Domination of Nature: Nature as Inventory 84
Excursus on Heidegger and Politics 109
7 Heidegger's Deconstruction of the Metaphysics of Nature: Toward a New Topology of the Natural 123
8 Dwelling Poetically Upon the Earth: Toward a New Environmental Ethic 154
Works Cited 181
Index 195
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