Loving Nature

Author: Kay Milton
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134525389
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As the full effects of human activity on Earth's life-support systems are revealed by science, the question of whether we can change, fundamentally, our relationship with nature becomes increasingly urgent. Just as important as an understanding of our environment, is an understanding of ourselves, of the kinds of beings we are and why we act as we do. In Loving Nature Kay Milton considers why some people in Western societies grow up to be nature lovers, actively concerned about the welfare and future of plants, animals, ecosystems and nature in general, while others seem indifferent or intent on destroying these things. Drawing on findings and ideas from anthropology, psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, the author discusses how we come to understand nature as we do, and above all, how we develop emotional commitments to it. Anthropologists, in recent years, have tended to suggest that our understanding of the world is shaped solely by the culture in which we live. Controversially Kay Milton argues that it is shaped by direct experience in which emotion plays an essential role. The author argues that the conventional opposition between emotion and rationality in western culture is a myth. The effect of this myth has been to support a market economy which systematically destroys nature, and to exclude from public decision making the kinds of emotional attachments that support more environmentally sensitive ways of living. A better understanding of ourselves, as fundamentally emotional beings, could give such ways of living the respect they need.
Loving Nature
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Kay Milton
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003-09-01 - Publisher: Routledge

As the full effects of human activity on Earth's life-support systems are revealed by science, the question of whether we can change, fundamentally, our relationship with nature becomes increasingly urgent. Just as important as an understanding of our environment, is an understanding of ourselves, of the kinds of beings we
Loving Nature, Fearing the State
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Brian Allen Drake
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-12-19 - Publisher: University of Washington Press

A "conservative environmental tradition" in America may sound like a contradiction in terms, but as Brian Allen Drake shows in Loving Nature, Fearing the State, right-leaning politicians and activists have shaped American environmental consciousness since the environmental movement's beginnings. In this wide-ranging history, Drake explores the tensions inherent in balancing
The Politics of Nature
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Andrew Dobson, Paul Lucardie
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-11-01 - Publisher: Routledge

This book presents a uniquely comprehensive and balanced survey of current green political ideas. It analyses the ability of these ideas to provide plausible answers to fundamental problems in political theory, concerning justice and democracy, individual rights and freedom, human nature and gender. The authors, who come from a range
Loving Nature
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: James A. Nash
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1991 - Publisher:

The ecological crisis is a serious challenge to Christian theology and ethics because the crisis is rooted partly in flawed convictions about the rights and powers of humankind in relation to the rest of the natural world. James A. Nash argues that Christianity can draw on a rich theological and
The Nature of Love
Language: en
Pages: 538
Authors: Irving Singer
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 1984 - Publisher: MIT Press

An examination of ideas and ideals of medieval courtly love and the transition into later Romantic love, analyzing the work of Dante, Shakespeare, and Schopenhauer, among many others.