環境思想への懐疑:哲学・科学の限界<br>Skeptical Environmentalism : The Limits of Philosophy and Science

環境思想への懐疑:哲学・科学の限界
Skeptical Environmentalism : The Limits of Philosophy and Science

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 211 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780253340375
  • DDC分類 304.201

基本説明

Engaging the work of Kant, Hegel, Descartes, Rousseau, and Heidegger, Kirkman reveals the relational worldview of speculative environmentalism as an unreliable basis for knowledge and truth, and claims as harmful to the intellectual sources from which it takes inspiration.

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In Skeptical Environmentalism, Robert Kirkman raises doubts about the speculative tendencies elaborated in environmental ethics, deep ecology, social ecology, postmodern ecology, ecofeminism, and environmental pragmatism. Drawing on skeptical principles introduced by David Hume, Kirkman takes issue with key tenets of speculative environmentalism, namely that the natural world is fundamentally relational, that humans have a moral obligation to protect the order of nature, and that understanding the relationship between nature and humankind holds the key to solving the environmental crisis. Engaging the work of Kant, Hegel, Descartes, Rousseau, and Heidegger, among others, Kirkman reveals the relational worldview as an unreliable basis for knowledge and truth claims, and, more dangerously, as harmful to the intellectual sources from which it takes inspiration. Exploring such themes as the way knowledge about nature is formulated, what characterizes an ecological worldview, how environmental worldviews become established, and how we find our place in nature, Skeptical Environmentalism advocates a shift away from the philosopher's privileged position as truth seeker toward a more practical thinking that balances conflicts between values and worldviews.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Introduction 1 (16)
Part 1 Knowledge
The Nature of Nature 17 (32)
Organism and Mechanism 49 (38)
Part 2 Obligation
A Place on Earth 87 (31)
The Moral Compass 118(31)
Part 3 Hope
Environmentalism without Illusions 149(34)
Notes 183(10)
Bibliography 193(10)
Index 203