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The Human Relationship to Nature: The Limit of Reason, the Basis of Value, and the Crisis of Environmental Ethics (Hardback)
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The Human Relationship to Nature: The Limit of Reason, the Basis of Value, and the Crisis of Environmental Ethics (Hardback)

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Hardback 490 Pages / Published: 02/11/2016
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Environmental problems compel examination of three contrasting patterns of moral reasoning concerning the human relationship to nature: the currently implemented Progress Ethic, and the proposed alternatives of a Stewardship Ethic and Connection Ethic. But none of these deliver all they promise, whether in theory or practice or both, because all dubiously presume that moral reason is commensurate with nature, and that the value of natural entities is an intrinsic property. Matthew R. Foster argues that resolution of this crisis requires reaching beyond the limit of reason, and acknowledging value to be not a noun, but a verb about the incomparable relation of two entities.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739164952
Number of pages: 490
Weight: 794 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 33 mm


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The human impact on the natural world is ubiquitous and hugely destructive. This has negative consequences for humans but should we be additionally troubled because intrinsic value in nature is thereby destroyed? This book argues that conventional environmental ethics cannot sustain the view that there is intrinsic value in nature because there is a fundamental incommensurability between nature and moral reasoning. What makes this book particularly interesting is its deployment of reasoning to underpin a new approach to environmental ethics in which moral agents freely "choose their environmental responsibilities". Moreover, so the argument goes, a correct understanding of the place of humans in nature. and the relationship between culture and nature, will incline moral agents to choose principles and actions consonant with conventional environmental ethics. This is a compelling idea. Is it defensible? It is definitely worth reading this book to find out. -- Robert Elliot, University of Sunshine Coast
This is a philosophical tour de force, creative enough to deserve careful study by specialists, yet clear enough to be followed by undergraduates. Written with clarity, grace and exquisite reasonableness, it provides a subtle, non-coercive account of our responsibility to nature. -- Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder

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