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 Thinking about Nature, 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.
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1. Thinking about the Environment
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
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