By Simon Hailwood
Many environmental scientists, students and activists characterise our scenario as one in all alienation from nature, yet this inspiration can simply appear meaningless or irrational. during this ebook, Simon Hailwood severely analyses the assumption of alienation from nature and argues that it may be an invaluable inspiration while understood pluralistically. He distinguishes assorted senses of alienation from nature referring to diversified environmental contexts and matters, and attracts upon more than a few philosophical and environmental principles and subject matters together with pragmatism, eco-phenomenology, weather switch, ecological justice, Marxism and demanding thought. His novel standpoint exhibits that diversified environmental matters - either anthropocentric either anthropocentric and nonanthropocentric - can dovetail, instead of compete with, one another, and that our alienation from nature needn't be whatever to be regretted or triumph over. His e-book will curiosity a extensive readership in environmental philosophy and ethics, political philosophy, geography and environmental stories.
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Such proposals may themselves be criticized as more or less helpful, of course, as well as in terms of coherence and intelligibility; and I shall be discussing and criticizing some of them below and in later chapters. For example, the Critical environmental philosophy and applied philosophy 23 strongly holist orientation of deep ecology suggests a view of alienation from nature only as something to be overcome as much as possible. As I have said already, I think it will be helpful to abandon this assumption.
It is just a matter of how things are with us given our particular natural history. 123). We need to acknowledge our natural alien status and recognize that we certainly cannot overcome it, or do anything other than intensify those symptoms, by treating the deeply questionable construction of ourselves as ‘masters of objects’ as the unquestionable truth about our place in the world. This matter of our ‘construction’ of ourselves and nature is very important and I return to it below and in the next chapter.
5 Alienation in this sense of estrangement then certainly tends to be seen as in some sense bad, or to be regretted; as involving a separation, cutting off or distancing between things that should not be separated, cut off or distanced, at least not in the ways envisaged. This includes when the estrangement is held to be from something referred to as ‘nature’: the environmental crisis won’t be solved until we overcome such estrangement. 6 It will help to set the scene for my own position if I sketch a couple of examples of such accounts here; those of Andrew Bìro (2005) and Neil Evernden (1993).