The Ecological Life: Discovering Citizenship and a Sense of Humanity

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2006 - Nature - 231 pages
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Written as a series of lectures, The Ecological Life offers a humanistic perspective on environmental philosophy that challenges some of the dogmas of deep ecology and radical environmentalism while speaking for their best desires. The book argues that being human-centered leaves us open to ecological identifications, rather than the opposite. Bendik-Keymer draws on analytic and continental traditions of philosophy as well as literature and visual media. He argues for a sense of ecological justice consonant with human rights, and shows how humanistic thinking is committed to deepening respect for life and our ecological orientation. In a clear, jargon-free and conversational tone, The Ecological Life presents a timely and important contribution to civic engagement in an ecological century.
  

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Contents

Becoming a Citizen of Earth
1
Moral Attention and Justice
21
The Idea of an Ecological Orientation
49
Rooted in Our Humanity
63
Relationships between Humans and Lands
85
Being True to Ourselves
99
Maturitys Idealism
121
A Circle of Life
145
Thoughts and Laws of Earth
171
The Sky inside the City
191
Acknowledgments
205
Bibliography
211
Index
221
About the Author
231
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About the author (2006)

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of International Studies, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

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