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What is Nature?: Culture, Politics and the Non-Human

By: Kate Soper

Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback | Jul 1995 | #50006 | ISBN: 0631188916
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Hardback | Dec 1995 | #50005 | ISBN: 0631188894
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This cultural and historical survey examines the differences between `nature-endorsing' and `nature-sceptical' perspectives. `This is an excellent book. It addresses what, in both conceptual and political terms, is arguably the most important source of tension and confusion in current arguments about the environment.' Russell Keat, University of Edinburgh.

This is an excellent book. It addresses what, in both conceptual and political terms, is arguably the most important source of tension and confusion in current arguments about the environment, namely the concept of nature; and it does so in a way that is both sensitive to, and critical of, the two antithetical ways of understanding this that dominate existing discussions. Russell Keat, University of Edinburgh "Pondering the related issues of environmental crisis and sustainability, readers will benefit greatly from close study of Kate Soper's extended essay on the discourse of nature and 'nature'." W. Lukin, University of London


Contents

Introduction. 1. The Discourses of Nature. 2. Nature, Human and Inhuman. 3. Nature Friend and Foe. 4. Nature and Sexual Politics. 5. Nature and 'Nature'. 6. The Space and Time of Nature. 7. Loving Nature. 8. Ecology, Nature and Responsibility.

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Biography

Kate Soper is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of North London. She has worked as a journalist and translator, and has written extensively on politics, philosophy and feminist issues. During the eighties, she was a prominent activist in the END movement. She is a longstanding member of the Radical Philosophy editorial collective. Her previous publications include On Human Needs, Humanism and Anti--Humanism, and Troubled Pleasures.

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