Loving Nature: Towards an Ecology of Emotion

Loving Nature: Towards an Ecology of Emotion

by Kay Milton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415253543

ISBN-13: 9780415253543

Pub. Date: 03/15/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In Loving Nature Kay Milton considers why some people in western societies grow up to be nature lovers, actively concerned about the welfare and future of plants, animals, ecosystems and nature in general, while others seem indifferent or intent on destroying these things. Drawing on findings and ideas from anthropology, psychology, cognitive science and

Overview

In Loving Nature Kay Milton considers why some people in western societies grow up to be nature lovers, actively concerned about the welfare and future of plants, animals, ecosystems and nature in general, while others seem indifferent or intent on destroying these things. Drawing on findings and ideas from anthropology, psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, the author discusses how we come to understand nature as we do, and above all, how we develop emotional commitments to it. The author argues that the conventional opposition between emotion and rationality in western culture is a myth, the effect of which has been to exclude from public decision making the kind of emotional attachments that support more environmentally sensitive ways of living.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415253543
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/15/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Science and Religious,
Science, Religion and Nature Protection
Science, Religion and Magic
Science, Religion and Common Sense
The Natural and the Unnatural
The Personal and the Impersonal
The Emotional an the Rational
The Way Forward
2. The Naturalness of Ideas
Persons, Non-Persons and Nature Protection
Representations, Metaphors and Knowledge
Personhood as a Natural Idea
Innate Learning Mechanisms
Persons and the Theory of Mind
An Assessment
3. Knowing Nature Through Experience
Experience and Constructionalism
Perception and Knowledge
Perceiving Persons
Getting to Know Nature
4. Enjoying Nature
Conservation and the Enjoyment of Nature
The Naturalness o Emotion
Biophilia and Domain Specific Emotions
Enjoying Nature Through Experience
Emotion, Perception and Memory
Emotion and Self-Perception
Emotions in their Social Setting
Learning to Enjoy Nature
5. Identifying with Nature
Identification and Deep Ecology
Identification and Identity: Part I
Other Bases of Identification
Emotions, Feelings and Consciousness
Emotions, Personhood and Identification
Identification and Self-Realization
Personhood and the Enjoyment of Nature
Identification and Identity: Part II
6. Valuing Nature: Meaning, Emotion and the Sacred
Value in Anthropology, Prsychology and Phiosophy
Vslue and Meaning
Meaning and Emotion
Emotion and the Sacred
Sacredness, Identity and Self-Realization
7. Protecting Nature: Wildness, Diversity and Personhood
Protecting Nature's Independence
Protecting Diversity and Personhood in Nature
Diversityand Personhood in Harmony
Diversity and Personhod in Conflict
8. Protecting Nature: Science and the Sacred
Emotion and Rationality
Emotion, Rationality and Capitalism
Science and Scenery
A Tale of Two Mountains
Conclusion
Notes
Bibkiography
Index

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