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Thinking about Nature (Routledge Revivals)
An Investigation of Nature, Value and Ecology

ISBN 9781138792968
Published April 11, 2015 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

Ecology – unlike astronomy, physics, or chemistry – is a science with an associated political and ethical movement: the Green Movement. As a result, the ecological position is often accompanied by appeals to holism, and by a mystical quasi-religious conception of the ecosystem. In this title, first published in 1988, Andrew Brennan argues that we can reduce much of the mysticism surrounding ecological discussions by placing them within a larger context, and illustrating that our individual interests are bound with larger, community interests.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, which bridges the gap between the sciences, philosophy, and ethics, this is an accessible title, which will be of particular value to students with an interest in the philosophy of environmental science and ethics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables;  Preface;  Introduction;  1. Thinking about the Environment  2. Frameworks  3. Ecology: What It Is and What It Isn’t  4. Ecology in Perspective  5. Reduction and Holism  6. Nature and Existence  7. Ecological Explanation  8. Supervenience and Essence  9. Theory, Fact and Value  10. Puzzles and Value  11. The Environment and Conventional Moral Theory  12. Beyond the Social Contract  13. Living in the New Community  14. Practical Matters;  Bibliography;  Index

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