Beyond Environmentalism: A Philosophy of Nature by Jeffrey E. Foss

By Jeffrey E. Foss

This special e-book offers considerate perception into the present courting among humankind and the environment

past Environmentalism is the 1st publication of its style to offer a well timed and correct research of environmentalism. The author's a long time of expertise as a thinker of technology enable him to seriously understand clinical concerns and to increase and clarify sound, moral guidelines in keeping with them. the result's a quantity that builds a philosophy of nature and is helping the reader verify humankind's dating with and effect at the international round us.

This cutting edge booklet discusses the inconsistencies, either clinical and philosophical, of well known environmentalism and sheds new views at the matters, motives, and debates that include society at the present time. The aim isn't really to settle environmental concerns as soon as and for all, yet relatively to supply the foundation for extra reasoned, medical, and efficient debates. the necessity for a brand new philosophy of nature is explored via methodological dialogue of numerous subject matters, including:

  • The upward thrust and fall of medical proof

  • Nature in faith, romance, and human values

  • Humankind's accountability to the environment

  • The worth of freedom

  • Kinship between species

Numerous case experiences during the booklet delve into international warming, the ''sixth extinction,'' the precautionary precept, toxins, and different well known matters inside of environmentalism. characteristic packing containers consultant the reader via advanced issues akin to eco-sabotage, the Gaia speculation, and the city heat-island influence, whereas vibrant illustrations exhibit clinical facts, theories, and philosophical arguments in a reader-friendly manner.

With its balanced method of provocative concerns, past Environmentalism serves as an outstanding, thought-provoking complement for classes on environmental reviews on the undergraduate and graduate degrees. it's also an attractive and available learn for a person with a common curiosity in environmental matters.

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We now know that living things populate not only the land and the sea, but that extremophiles (Madigan and Morris 1997, D. Roberts 1998, Lubick 2002), as they are called, live in volcanic craters, under glaciers, even thousands of feet underneath the rocky crust of our beautiful Earth. Not one of the cataclysms experienced to date has been sufficient to remove all of the larger plants and animals, or even to threaten the extremophiles. Of course, the Alvarez event was horrible, and although not all flesh and flora were destroyed by it, we would never tolerate any action by our fellow human beings that would bring about anything remotely like it.

Common Ground: More needs to be done, even in industrialized nations, since the levels of many pollutants are still harmful for humans and other living things, especially in cities during weather that provides poor air circulation. We do want to see the trend lines continue downward. Also, these data do not apply to industrializing nations, where pollution is greater than in the United States and even increasing. Something should be done about this. 5) as it did in the industrialized world. P1: PAA c02 JWBS002-Foss November 6, 2008 15:24 Printer: Yet to come IS THERE AN ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS?

S. S. ” Finally, there is reference to his scientific achievements: “Dr. Myers is the originator of the biodiversity ‘hotspots’ strategy, which has generated over $300 million for conservation activities,” assuming that his “strategy” is a scientific achievement. htm#Myers (15 March, 2004). htm (March 15, 2004). P1: PAA c02 JWBS002-Foss 36 November 6, 2008 15:24 Printer: Yet to come ENVIRONMENTALISM’S APOCALYPTIC ASSUMPTION occurred, still boldly predicts a loss of up to “one-third to two-thirds of all species now extant” within the “foreseeable future” (a rather vague temporal parameter from a scientific point of view; Myers and Knoll 2001).

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