Loving Nature: Towards an Ecology of Emotion

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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.
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'This is a deeply intelligent and rewarding book. It is lucidly written, blessedly free of academic preening, and focused on important social issues. Loving Nature provides some inspirational ideas to disentangle the links between environment, emotion and political performances.'Monica Degen, Open University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415253543
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/15/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Science and religion 8
Science, religion and nature protection 9
Science, religion and magic 11
Science, religion and common sense 12
The natural and the unnatural 15
The personal and the impersonal 19
The emotional and the rational 21
The way forward 23
2 The naturalness of ideas 26
Persons, non-persons and nature protection 27
Representations, metaphors and knowledge 31
Personhood as a natural idea 33
Innate learning mechanisms 34
Persons and the theory of mind 36
An assessment 37
3 Knowing nature through experience 40
Experience and constructionism 40
Perception and knowledge 42
Perceiving persons 44
Getting to know nature 48
4 Enjoying nature 55
Conservation and the enjoyment of nature 56
The naturalness of emotion 58
Biophilia and domain-specific emotions 60
Enjoying nature through experience 62
Emotion, perception and memory 64
Emotion and self-perception 66
Emotions in their social setting 68
Learning to enjoy nature 70
5 Identifying with nature 73
Identification and deep ecology 74
Identification and identity: Part 1 77
Other bases of identification 78
Emotions, feelings and consciousness 79
Emotions, personhood and identification 81
Identification and self-realization 83
Personhood and the enjoyment of nature 86
Identification and identity: Part 2 87
6 Valuing nature: meaning, emotion and the sacred 92
Value in anthropology, psychology and philosophy 93
Value and meaning 95
Meaning and emotion 98
Emotion and the sacred 101
Sacredness, identity and self-realization 105
7 Protecting nature: wildness, diversity and personhood 110
Protecting nature's independence 112
Protecting diversity and personhood in nature 115
Diversity and personhood and harmony 118
Diversity and personhood in conflict 123
8 Protecting nature: science and the sacred 129
Emotion and rationality 130
Emotion, rationality and capitalism 134
Science and scenery 135
A tale of two mountains 139
Conclusion 147
Notes 152
References 159
Index 173
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