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Philosophy of Nature : Rethinking Naturalness (Hardcover) (Svein Anders Noer Lie)

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The missing part in today's environmental debate is an in-depth understanding of the idea of Naturalness, and what, if anything, it denotes. This book discusses what we mean by 'natural' in general and works out an original concept of naturalness that can serve as a guide to understand the real limits of our manipulations in times where our powers to rearrange nature reaches new levels continually.This book is an effort to develop a philosophically plausible and practically viable concept of naturalness in such a way that this issue can be generally discussed and considered. The goal is to show why naturalness has been abandoned in modern academic discourse, why it is important to explicitly re-establish some kind of meaning for the concept and what that meaning ought to be. The book maintains that a certain account of naturalness may offer a point of view where the gap between instrumental and ethical perspectives can be bridged. Arguing that naturalness can be understood in light of a dispositional ontology, the book shows that it is possible for someone to maintain that there really is a right and a wrong way to manipulate nature.This topical book will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduate students in Environmental Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Science and Technology Studies and all those engaged in environmental debates about the place of man 'in nature'.

The missing part in today?s environmental debate is an in-depth understanding of the idea of Naturalness, and what, if anything, it denotes. This book discusses what we mean by 'natural' in general and works out an original concept of naturalness that can serve as a guide to understand the real limits of our manipulations in times where our powers to rearrange nature reaches new levels continually.

This book is an effort to develop a philosophically plausible and practically viable concept of naturalness in such a way that this issue can be generally discussed and considered. The goal is to show why naturalness has been abandoned in modern academic discourse, why it is important to explicitly re-establish some kind of meaning for the concept and what that meaning ought to be. This book offers a way to bridge the gap between instrumental and ethical answers. Arguing that naturalness can be understood in light of a dispositional ontology, the book shows that it is possible for someone to maintain that there is a right and a wrong way to manipulate nature.

This topical book will be of great interest to researchers and postgraduate students in Environmental Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Science and Technology Studies and all those engaged in environmental debates about the place of man ?in nature?.

Number of Pages: 220.0
Genre: Business + Money Management, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Public Policy / Environmental Policy, Development / Sustainable Development
Series Title: Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Svein Anders Noer Lie
Language: English
Street Date: January 29, 2016
TCIN: 17109358
UPC: 9781138792883
Item Number (DPCI): 247-01-2393

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