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This collection explores the theoretical and practical implications of a crucial aspect of environmental policy and philosophy: the autonomy of nature. The contributors begin by addressing what is meant by "nature" and in what sense it can be seen as autonomous. They then consider the conflicts that arise between the satisfaction of human needs and interests and respect for nature's autonomy. The contributors also address whether human beings can be considered participants in ecosystems in such a way that their activities may be seen as contributing to nature's autonomy. The essays in the book's final section turn to management and restoration practices, investigating whether they promote the autonomy of nature or represent further attempts to dominate the natural world.
An excellent introduction to the topic... Highly recommended. Choice 5/1/2006 I recommend the book to anyone interested in environmental philosophy or concerned with understanding environmental problems. -- Steven Vogel Human Ecology 36, 2008
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