The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics

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University of Wisconsin Press, Jan 1, 1989 - Philosophy - 290 pages
Charting the history of contemporary philosophical and religious beliefs regarding nature, Roderick Nash focuses primarily on changing attitudes toward nature in the United States. His work is the first comprehensive history of the concept that nature has rights and that American liberalism has, in effect, been extended to the nonhuman world.

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An overview of philosophical and religious beliefs regarding Nature. An informative chapter detailing "the greening of religion," makes a specific reference to the Universal Pantheist Society. Read full review

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Historian Nash systematically traces the philosophical concept of man and nature from ancient to modern times in an engaging and readable manner. Then, focusing on America, he makes an analogy between ... Read full review


prologue Ethical Extension and Radical Environmentalism
From Natural Rights to the Rights of Nature
Ideological Origins of American Environmentalism

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About the author (1989)

Roderick Nash is professor of history and environmental studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara and the author of nine books.

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