Rationality and Nature: A Sociological Inquiry into a Changing Relationship / Edition 1

Rationality and Nature: A Sociological Inquiry into a Changing Relationship / Edition 1

by Raymond Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813321697

ISBN-13: 9780813321691

Pub. Date: 08/28/1994

Publisher: Westview Press


Divergent beliefs about humanity’s relationship to nature collide as the second millenium ends. One belief emphasizes that a distinctive characteristic of humans—reason—enables them to reshape and master nature. Another insists that nature is not so plastic, hence humans must adapt to nature and render development sustainable, or even limit growth.…  See more details below

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Divergent beliefs about humanity’s relationship to nature collide as the second millenium ends. One belief emphasizes that a distinctive characteristic of humans—reason—enables them to reshape and master nature. Another insists that nature is not so plastic, hence humans must adapt to nature and render development sustainable, or even limit growth. “Social ecology” asserts that environmental problems result from institutional hierarchies and suggests decentralized institutions and egalitarian ethics. According to “deep ecology” such problems originate in cultures assuming only humans are worthwhile, thus it stresses the intrinsic value of nature. Feminists are torn between values based on the equality of men and women and ecofeminist values postulating that women are inherently closer to nature than men. Rationality and Nature critically assesses these conflicting cultural tendencies.Waste has been the forgotten element of political economy. Western society has sophisticated methods of financial accounting but does little to account for the losses—financial and human—of waste. Raymond Murphy proposes in this book a theory of environmental debt as a source of capital accumulation. He develops a model of “environmental classes” that helps us to understand the political and economic basis of conflict over the environment.Environmental degradation did not occur on a vast scale until science and applied science were developed. Are they responsible for it and can they be reoriented toward a more symbiotic relationship with nature? Other ways of bringing about a symbiotic relationship are also explored in this book: compulsion, ecological values, ecological experience, and ecological knowledge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813321691
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1The Intensification of Rationalization and Its Alternatives
1Rationalization Under the Premise of Plasticity3
2Rationalization and Ecological Irrationality27
3Rationalization Under the Premise of Greenness43
4Rerationalization65
5Derationalization83
Pt. 2The Sociology of Environmental Degradation
6The Political Economy of Waste107
7Accounting for Waste and Accountability for Waste133
8Environmental Classes and Environmental Conflict163
Pt. 3Toward a Symbiotic Relationship with Nature
9Science and Applied Science as Partial Knowledge193
10Parasitism: A "Light Cloak" or an "Iron Cage"?225
Bibliography257
Index287
About the Book and Author295

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