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Recognizing the Autonomy of Nature: Theory and Practice

We desperately need a well-reasoned defense of nature for its own sake, as we gallop towards mass species extinction and further environmental decline-and here it is. Each essay in this book shows, in clear language and concrete examples, why mindless dom

Edited By: Thomas Heyd

230 pages, no illustrations

Columbia University Press

Hardback | Nov 2005 | #154471 | ISBN: 0231136064
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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


Preface and Acknowledgments1. Introduction: Recognizing the Autonomy of Nature: Theory and Practice, by Thomas HeydPart I. Nature and Autonomy of Nature: Are They Real?2. Toward a Progressive Naturalism, by Val Plumwood3. Is Nature Autonomous?, by Keekok LeePart II. Autonomous Nature and Human Interests: Are They Compatible?4. The Liberation of Humanity and Nature, by Eric Katz5. Respecting Nature's Autonomy in Relationship with Humanity, by Ned Hettinger6. Autonomy and Agriculture, by William Throop and Beth VickersPart III. Management, Restoration, and the Autonomy of Nature: A Paradox?7. Homo Administrator: Managing a Needy Nature?, by Dean Bavington8. Purple Loosestrife and the "Bounding" of Nature in North American Wetlands, by John Sandlos9. Restoration, Autonomy, and Domination, by Andrew Light10. Ecological Restoration and the Renewal of Wildness and Freedom, by Mark Woods11. Conclusion: Autonomy, Restoration, and the Law of Nature, by William R. Jordan IIIList of ContributorsIndex

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Thomas Heyd teaches philosophy at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He is the coeditor (with John Clegg) of Aesthetics and Rock Art.

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