Nature, God and Humanity: Envisioning an Ethics of Nature / Edition 1

Nature, God and Humanity: Envisioning an Ethics of Nature / Edition 1

by Richard L. Fern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521009707

ISBN-13: 9780521009706

Pub. Date: 01/28/2015

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study interweaves philosophical, scientific, religious and cultural factors to reveal why non-human animals and nature are objects of moral concern and how our well-being depends on harmony with nature as it was created. This argument is unique in its comprehensiveness, its overt reliance on traditional forms of religious faith, and its account of how those

Overview

This study interweaves philosophical, scientific, religious and cultural factors to reveal why non-human animals and nature are objects of moral concern and how our well-being depends on harmony with nature as it was created. This argument is unique in its comprehensiveness, its overt reliance on traditional forms of religious faith, and its account of how those with conflicting ethics can work together to end the current, foolish abuse of nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521009706
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2015
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Introduction1
Part 1The Ethics of Nature
1Moral concerns11
Posing the question11
Why people matter14
Selves and sentients18
Biotic egalitarianism23
Moral principles31
Living with moral indeterminacy37
2Humane holism39
All creatures great and small39
Autopoiesis41
Species and ecosystems46
Envisioning a holistic ethics of nature48
The inherent value of wild nature51
Mother nature56
Humane holism65
3Ecological wisdom: a methodological interlude69
Unresolved questions69
The case for animal awareness71
Scientific inquiry78
The end of nature82
Fuzzy science85
Thinking like a mountain89
Faith and reason95
Part IIThe Wild God
4Religious faith105
Religious naturalism105
Theism110
The reasonableness of faith117
Theological reflection124
5Theistic naturalism136
The radical Otherness of God136
A free act139
A constitutive act139
An eschatological act143
A conversational act145
A self-limiting act147
A vulnerable act150
A loving act155
A trusting act159
A faithful act161
Part IIIThe Body of Humanity
6Human nature and good167
The body of humanity167
Speaking for God168
Human nature173
Culture-as-nature179
Human good183
Moral respect and normative authority191
Why culture matters to an ethics of nature194
7The fellowship of creation201
The big hug201
Human dominion and the fellowship of creation207
Toward a theistic ethics of nature214
Predation in the wild216
Human predation223
The politics of nature233
Bibliography242
Index of names261
Index of subjects264

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