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Fittingness and Environmental Ethics
Philosophical, Theological and Applied Perspectives



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ISBN 9781032145839
February 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume focuses on ‘fittingness’ as an ethical-aesthetical idea, and in particular examines how the concept is beneficial for environmental ethics. It brings together an innovative set of contributions to argue that fittingness is a significant but under-investigated facet of human ethical deliberation with both ethical and aesthetic dimensions. Individuals and communities make numerous decisions about courses of action which are informed by judgements of ‘fit’. ‘Fittingness’ denotes a relation between conscious embodied persons and their habitats and is of relevance to judgements about how humans shape, and take up with, the non-human environment, and hence to ethical decisions about the development and use of the environment and non-human creatures. Fittingness interacts powerfully with a whole cluster of relational and moral terms - such as appropriateness, prudence, temperance, mutuality - that the book suggests can be of great benefit in reframing human relationships to the non-human.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1 Metaphysics and Aesthetics

1 Fittingness and Other-Regarding Attitudes in Environmental Aesthetics

Emily Brady

2 Commonage Consciousness and Fitting in with the Earth: John Moriarty and Deep Ecology

Nora Ward

3 On the Ethics and Metaphysics of Fittingness, Affordances and Providence

Michael Bauwens

4 Fittingness and Environmental Ethics: Perspectives from Chinese Religion and Philosophy

JunSoo Park

Part 2 Theological Perspectives on Fittingness

5 The ‘Ontological Turn’, Religious Tradition, and Human Cosmological Fittingness

Michael Northcott

6 Fittingness and the Spiritual-Religious Nature of Environmentalism

Johan de Tavernier

7 Fittingness as Attunement? Being Ecological with Timothy Morton and Hans Urs von Balthasar

Yves de Maeseneer

8 Anselm on Fittingness: Various Concepts of Fittingness in the Cur Deus homo

Rostislav Tkachenko

Part 3 Practical Applications

9 Fittingness as a Dynamic of Social Interaction: Implications for Embedding Ecological Concerns in Community Life and Practice

Jack Barentsen

10 When ‘Fitting in’ means to ‘Care’: Proposing a form-of-life for Environmental Care

Emilio di Somma

11 Representation as Isolation: The Unfittingness of Waste

Gregory Jensen

12 The Challenge and Promise of Queer Ecology for Understanding ‘Fittingness’: A Theological Engagement

Steven C. van den Heuvel

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Editor(s)

Biography

Michael S. Northcott is Professor Emeritus of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh and Guest Professor at the Indonesian Consortium of Religious Studies at Universitas Gadjah Mada Graduate School in Yogyakarta (Indonesia). He is also Guest Professor of Systematic Theology at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven (Belgium).

Steven C. van den Heuvel is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven (Belgium).