By Simon Hailwood
Many environmental scientists, students and activists characterise our scenario as one among alienation from nature, yet this concept can simply look meaningless or irrational. during this booklet, Simon Hailwood significantly analyses the assumption of alienation from nature and argues that it may be an invaluable idea while understood pluralistically. He distinguishes various senses of alienation from nature touching on various environmental contexts and matters, and attracts upon quite a number philosophical and environmental rules and issues together with pragmatism, eco-phenomenology, weather switch, ecological justice, Marxism and demanding concept. His novel point of view indicates that varied environmental issues - either anthropocentric either anthropocentric and nonanthropocentric - can dovetail, instead of compete with, one another, and that our alienation from nature don't need to be anything to be regretted or triumph over. His ebook will curiosity a extensive readership in environmental philosophy and ethics, political philosophy, geography and environmental reviews.
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It captures concerns for such ‘breakdowns in the practice of place’ as the phenomenon of ‘sprawl’, as well as concerns for distributive and recognitional justice, including of course with regard to environmental goods and bads, such as the consequences of anthropogenic climate change. I discuss these issues in Chapter 3. 3 Anthropocentric and nonanthropocentric Again the relations involved in the bigger overall picture are of crucial importance. The humanized landscape is within the natural world, not set apart from it.
The basic amount) and no more: it is good only insofar as it is necessary. As I have said, I question the negative connotation of estrangement from nonhuman nature more emphatically than this, while keeping the default negative view of estrangement from the natural world. Where nonhuman nature is concerned the basic/surplus contrast is better thought of in relation to overcoming estrangement: some overcoming estrangement from nonhuman nature is required but more than that (the ‘surplus’) is problematic and may be criticized as such.
She might argue that although everything is a human social construction, what is constructed – our socio-economic and material environment – could be much better than it is. Indeed, it could be better in terms of overcoming pernicious estrangement and taking collective control over and responsibility for what is made. A serious obstacle to this, she might continue, is talk of ‘nature’ as if it were something not made by humanity. Thus there is still a point to asserting that ‘natural things’ are social constructions – no more than products of human physical and intellectual labour – even though everything is a social construction.
Alienation and Environmental Philosophy by Simon Hailwood