This is the first book-length treatment of the metaphysical foundations of ecological ethics. The author seeks to provide a metaphysical illumination of the fundamental ecological intuitions that we are in some sense `one with' nature and that everything is connected with everything else. Drawing on contemporary cosmology, systems theory and the history of philosophy, Freya Mathews elaborates a new metaphysics of `interconnectedness'. She offers an inspiring vision of the spiritual implications of ecology, which leads to a deepening of our conception of conservation.
'Freya writes beautifully ... [She] illuminates the relation physics and metaphysics, and between knowledge and faith ... if one wanted a clear articulation of some aspects of Spinoza's notion of substance and Einstein's cosmology, here they are.' - Habitat
'... a book that is closer to the cutting edge of environmental ethics.' - Radical Philosophy
'Her book should be an important international contribution to save the planet from The New World Order ...' - Modern Times
'It should be read by everyone interested in environmental ethics and will be of interest to many others.' - Australasian Journal of Philosohpy