By Simon Hailwood
Many environmental scientists, students and activists characterise our scenario as certainly one of alienation from nature, yet this idea can simply appear meaningless or irrational. during this booklet, Simon Hailwood significantly analyses the assumption of alienation from nature and argues that it may be an invaluable inspiration whilst understood pluralistically. He distinguishes diverse senses of alienation from nature relating diversified environmental contexts and matters, and attracts upon more than a few philosophical and environmental rules and topics together with pragmatism, eco-phenomenology, weather switch, ecological justice, Marxism and significant conception. His novel point of view exhibits that diverse 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 vast readership in environmental philosophy and ethics, political philosophy, geography and environmental stories.
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Buytendijk, especially as interpreted by Marjorie Grene. Estrangement is not always to be overcome: Bìro and Evernden 29 fades with maturity. The main point here is that ‘youthful’ organisms are not (yet) locked into a specific environmental situation. And, given that we are neotenic organisms, it is not at all surprising that the qualities which describe youthfulness in other species also apply to a creature which owes its very form to a slowed or arrested development. We are just what a perpetually youthful being should be: indeterminate, always in motion, ambivalent, obsessed with the “how” of the world and uncommitted to an environmental context.
In particular it is necessary to avoid a purely ‘anthropocentric instrumental’ view of nature or the natural world as ‘just our world’, there merely to serve our interests. This is an important point that goes to the kind of environmental philosophy involved in the argument of this book. 4 Critical environmental philosophy and applied philosophy It seems to me reasonable to expect an affinity between a critical environmental philosophy, activated by a sense of crisis, and a view of theories, concepts and intellectual products generally as more or less useful tools for coping with the world.
It seems to me that both Bìro and Evernden point to parts of the story of our alienation from nature, but that there is more to it as a story involving interrelated elements of constructionism, anthropocentrism, nonanthropocentrism, overcoming and – more emphatically – not overcoming. Rousseau’s account of our being cut off from ‘original nature’ by ‘artificial civilization’ is an account of alienation as estrangement. 60ff). Bíro’s contrast between basic and surplus alienation from nature also concerns alienation as estrangement and implies a default negative view of estrangement from nature.
Alienation and Environmental Philosophy by Simon Hailwood