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By Simon Hailwood

ISBN-10: 1316355268

ISBN-13: 9781316355268

Many environmental scientists, students and activists characterise our state of affairs as one among alienation from nature, yet this inspiration can simply look meaningless or irrational. during this ebook, Simon Hailwood seriously analyses the belief of alienation from nature and argues that it may be an invaluable concept whilst understood pluralistically. He distinguishes assorted senses of alienation from nature concerning assorted environmental contexts and matters, and attracts upon a number philosophical and environmental principles and issues together with pragmatism, eco-phenomenology, weather switch, ecological justice, Marxism and significant idea. His novel viewpoint exhibits that diverse environmental matters - either anthropocentric either anthropocentric and nonanthropocentric - can dovetail, instead of compete with, one another, and that our alienation from nature don't need to be anything to be regretted or triumph over. His e-book will curiosity a large readership in environmental philosophy and ethics, political philosophy, geography and environmental experiences.

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Overcoming estrangement from the humanized world requires perception of that world as the homely embodiment of human will in order to ground stable identity and responsibility. Precisely because of that it requires progress in appreciating and participating adequately in the wider, more than human reality in which it is embedded. Otherwise it will be only accidentally sustainable and free from the radical loss of control following ecological catastrophe. Consequently, overcoming estrangement from the humanized world and the natural world rely upon each other as part of a project to overcome pernicious forms of estrangement from nature.

For the Marxian tradition, estrangement and reification are multifaceted, interrelated affairs produced when the social labour process itself is mediated by the definitive institution of capitalism: private property. Private property necessitates alienation. Workers must alienate their labour by selling it. This both presupposes and determines the treatment of their productive capacities as mere commodities to be sold (commodification). And it is a situation that conditions workers’ ‘essential life activity’ (labour) as a mere means to survival rather than an expression and affirmation of their rich humanity.

In Chapter 6 I consider two versions of the idea of estrangement from the overall natural world that seem to get around this problem. One involves a lack of awareness of humanity’s embeddedness within and dependence upon a wider natural world, as if that wider world either did not exist or we were somehow ecologically separate from it. I am not suggesting we should live with such a condition. However, this picture of estrangement makes it consist simply in ignorance about, or disregard of, our ecological relations.

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