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…  See more details below

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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

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Science and religion8
Science, religion and nature protection9
Science, religion and magic11
Science, religion and common sense12
The natural and the unnatural15
The personal and the impersonal19
The emotional and the rational21
The way forward23
2The naturalness of ideas26
Persons, non-persons and nature protection27
Representations, metaphors and knowledge31
Personhood as a natural idea33
Innate learning mechanisms34
Persons and the theory of mind36
An assessment37
3Knowing nature through experience40
Experience and constructionism40
Perception and knowledge42
Perceiving persons44
Getting to know nature48
4Enjoying nature55
Conservation and the enjoyment of nature56
The naturalness of emotion58
Biophilia and domain-specific emotions60
Enjoying nature through experience62
Emotion, perception and memory64
Emotion and self-perception66
Emotions in their social setting68
Learning to enjoy nature70
5Identifying with nature73
Identification and deep ecology74
Identification and identity: Part 177
Other bases of identification78
Emotions, feelings and consciousness79
Emotions, personhood and identification81
Identification and self-realization83
Personhood and the enjoyment of nature86
Identification and identity: Part 287
6Valuing nature: meaning, emotion and the sacred92
Value in anthropology, psychology and philosophy93
Value and meaning95
Meaning and emotion98
Emotion and the sacred101
Sacredness, identity and self-realization105
7Protecting nature: wildness, diversity and personhood110
Protecting nature's independence112
Protecting diversity and personhood in nature115
Diversity and personhood and harmony118
Diversity and personhood in conflict123
8Protecting nature: science and the sacred129
Emotion and rationality130
Emotion, rationality and capitalism134
Science and scenery135
A tale of two mountains139
Conclusion147
Notes152
References159
Index173

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