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Finding Our Place in Nature

Finding Our Place in Nature
Aristotle for Environmental Scientists

Finding Our Place in Nature argues that Aristotelian philosophy provides a much needed ethical foundation for the environmental sciences and for our daily commitment to practices of sustainability. Shearman challenges previously held interpretations of Aristotle’s value to the grounding of environmental ethics. He demonstrates that Aristotelian philosophy is a valuable and under-appreciated resource for any student-citizen who requires ethically persuasive reasons—both for pursuing environmental science in the first place and for grounding our social practices as citizens.


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Release Date: October 2019

Overview

Finding Our Place in Nature argues that Aristotelian philosophy provides a much needed ethical foundation for the environmental sciences and for our daily commitment to practices of sustainability. Shearman challenges previously held interpretations of Aristotle’s value to the grounding of environmental ethics. He demonstrates that Aristotelian philosophy is a valuable and under-appreciated resource for any student-citizen who requires ethically persuasive reasons—both for pursuing environmental science in the first place and for grounding our social practices as citizens. The author clarifies sustainability as a moral concept—this supplies the underlying purpose to the applied environmental sciences and to living the good life. Aristotle without contemporary environmental science is inadequate; more importantly, the environmental sciences without the ethical grounding provided by Aristotle are incomplete and unable to motivate us.
 
About the author
Richard Shearman is professor emeritus in the Science, Technology, and Society Department of the College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the development of an Aristotelian approach to environmental philosophy and an examination of the challenges associated with interdisciplinary problem solving in the area of conservation of biodiversity.

Details

Publisher: RIT Press (10/2019)
ISBN-13: 978-1-939125-62-0
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 260
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION xiii

CHAPTER 1 
ARISTOTLE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN 1

CHAPTER 2 
A GOOD AND THE BEST LIFE 33

CHAPTER 3 
EXPERIENCING NATURE AND THE DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND 65

CHAPTER 4 
HUMAN LIFE IN CONTEXT 103

CHAPTER 5 
FRIENDSHIP, SELF-LOVE AND BIOPHILIA 135

CHAPTER 6 
EUDAIMONIA AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY 169

CHAPTER 7 
MORAL PHILOSOPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 187

BIBLIOGRAPHY 223

INDEX 231

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