Recognizing the Autonomy of Nature: Theory and Practice
Columbia University Press, Nov 9, 2005 - Nature - 232 pages
How do the ways in which we think about and describe nature shape the use and protection of the environment? Do our seemingly well-intentioned efforts in environmental conservation reflect a respect for nature or our desire to control nature's wildness? The contributors to this collection address these and other questions as they explore the theoretical and practical implications of a crucial aspect of environmental philosophy and policy-the autonomy of nature. In focusing on the recognition and meaning of nature's autonomy and linking issues of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and policy, the essays provide a variety of new perspectives on human relationships to nature.
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Introduction Recognizing the Autonomy of Nature Theory and Practice
Nature and Autonomy of Nature Are They Real?
Toward a Progressive Naturalism
Is Nature Autonomous?
Autonomous Nature and Human Interests Are They Compatible?
The Liberation of Humanity and Nature
Respecting Natures Autonomy in Relationship with Humanity
Autonomy and Agriculture
Homo Administrator Managing a Needy Nature?
Purple Loosestrife and the Bounding of Nature in North American Wetlands
Restoration Autonomy and Domination
Ecological Restoration and the Renewal of Wildness and Freedom
Autonomy Restoration and the Law of Nature
List of Contributors
Management Restoration and the Autonomy of Nature A Paradox?