Inhabiting the Earth
Heidegger, Environmental Ethics, and the Metaphysics of Nature
By (author) Bruce V. Foltz
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Inhabiting the Earth by Bruce V. Foltz
Book DescriptionIn Inhabiting the Earth Foltz undertakes the first sustained analysis of how Heidegger's thought can contribute to environmental ethics and to the more broadly conceived field of environmental philosophy. Through a comprehensive study of the status of nature and related concepts such as earth in the thought of Martin Heidegger, Foltz attempts to show how Heidegger's understanding of the natural environment and our relation to it offer a more promising basis for environmental philosophy than others that have so far been put forward. Indeed, Dr. Foltz finds that to ecofeminism and social ecology, whose prescriptions are based on historically oriented etiologies of domination and oppression, Heidegger's work offers what is arguably the first comprehensive and nonreductive philosophy of history since Hegel that can embrace both nature and humanity in one narrative, and the first since Augustine that can do this while granting to nature a messure of selfstanding. But it is probably for the environmental philosophies of deep ecology, bioregionalism, and ecological holism that Heidegger's work has the most immediate, as well as the most extensive implications, because it is to them that it has the most affinity. Finally, as a corrective and a major challenge to deep ecology, which has tended to valorize the scientific approach to nature, Heidegger's work provides a sophisticated basis for showing the primacy of the poetic in the task of learning to inhabit the earth rightly.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573926096
(235mm x 159mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Humanity Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bruce V. Foltz
Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration, Paperback (June 2013)
Makes the case that Orthodox Christianity offers unique spiritual resources especially suited to the environmental concerns of today
Rethinking Nature, Paperback (November 2004)» View all books by Bruce V. Foltz
A collection of essays, which embrace environmental philosophy in its broadest sense. It covers topics such as environmental ethics, environmental aesthetics, ontology, theology, gender and the environment, and the role of science and technology in forming knowledge about our world.
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