The Moral Authority of Nature

The Moral Authority of Nature

by Lorraine Daston
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226136817

ISBN-13: 9780226136813

Pub. Date: 12/15/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


For thousands of years, people have used nature to justify their political, moral, and social judgments. Such appeals to the moral authority of nature are still very much with us today, as heated debates over genetically modified organisms and human cloning testify.

The Moral Authority of Nature offers a wide-ranging account of how people have used nature

Overview


For thousands of years, people have used nature to justify their political, moral, and social judgments. Such appeals to the moral authority of nature are still very much with us today, as heated debates over genetically modified organisms and human cloning testify.

The Moral Authority of Nature offers a wide-ranging account of how people have used nature to think about what counts as good, beautiful, just, or valuable. The eighteen essays cover a diverse array of topics, including the connection of cosmic and human orders in ancient Greece, medieval notions of sexual disorder, early modern contexts for categorizing individuals and judging acts as "against nature," race and the origin of humans, ecological economics, and radical feminism. The essays also range widely in time and place, from archaic Greece to early twentieth-century China, medieval Europe to contemporary America.

Scholars from a wide variety of fields will welcome The Moral Authority of Nature, which provides the first sustained historical survey of its topic.

Contributors:
Danielle Allen, Joan Cadden, Lorraine Daston, Fa-ti Fan, Eckhardt Fuchs, Valentin Groebner, Abigail J. Lustig, Gregg Mitman, Michelle Murphy, Katharine Park, Matt Price, Robert N. Proctor, Helmut Puff, Robert J. Richards, Londa Schiebinger, Laura Slatkin, Julia Adeney Thomas, Fernando Vidal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226136813
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
526
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Doing What Comes Naturally1
Part 1Values21
1Measuring Authority, Authoritative Measures: Hesiod's Works and Days25
2Nature in Person: Medieval and Renaissance Allegories and Emblems50
3Burning The Fable of the Bees: The Incendiary Authority of Nature74
4Attention and the Values of Nature in the Enlightenment100
5The Erotic Authority of Nature: Science, Art, and the Female during Goethe's Italian Journey127
6Nature and Bildung: Pedagogical Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century Germany155
7Economics, Ecology, and the Value of Nature182
Part 2Necessity and Freedom205
8Trouble in the Earthly Paradise: The Regime of Nature in Late Medieval Christian Culture207
9Nature on Trial: Acts "Against Nature" in the Law Courts of Early Modern Germany and Switzerland232
10Onanism, Enlightenment Medicine, and the Immanent Justice of Nature254
11Ants and the Nature of Nature in Auguste Forel, Erich Wasmann, and William Morton Wheeler282
12"To Become As One Dead": Nature and the Political Subject in Modern Japan308
13Liberation through Control in the Body Politics of U.S. Radical Feminism331
Part 3Boundaries357
14Complexio/Complexion: Categorizing Individual Natures, 1250-1600361
15Human Experimentation in the Eighteenth Century: Natural Boundaries and Valid Testing384
16Nature and Nation in Chinese Political Thought: The National Essence Circle in Early-Twentieth-Century China409
17When Pollen Became Poison: A Cultural Geography of Ragweed in America438
18Three Roots of Human Recency: Molecular Anthropology, the Refigured Acheulean, and the UNESCO Response to Auschwitz466
List of Contributors491
Index495

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