Provides a set of normative measures to assess the value of nature
and proposes the new discipline of foundational ecology as a
response to environmental crisis.
A breakthrough analysis of our environmental crisis, this book
offers the insights of thinkers such as Plato, Lao-Tzu, Spinoza,
and Whitehead to construct a set of concrete measures to estimate
the value of nature. Application of these standards leads to the
formation of the discipline of Foundational Ecology as the most
effective educational tool for dealing with the next century's
environmental crises. The real value of environmental processes
comes alive through this systematic philosophy of nature. By
offering a cultural critique of our idea of nature, Grange sets the
environmental agenda for the next century.
"This is a brilliant work that illustrates one of its central
categories, 'depth, ' in its own construction. First, it presents
an original and massively convincing argument that the
philosophical problem of our time is not recovery of forgotten
Being, as Heidegger argued, but rather the encounter with novelty
in ways that overwhelm most Western philosophy. The second thing I
like about this book is that the topic through which the first
point is argued is ecology, in the sense of human culture relating
to its environment...The third thing I like is the cosmology
itself...The fourth thing I like is that the book demonstrates that
there is now a fairly wide circle of philosophers at home in
speculative metaphysics and its connections with ethics and social
theory -- a group influenced in some way by Whitehead -- and it
shows that there is a real alternative to analytic philosophy and
continental philosophy, one that comes out of the American
tradition. A fifth strength of the book is the natural progression
of its argument. It lays out a speculative system in rhetorically
clear and evocative terms, treating the technical matters with
precision but also with metaphoric richness". -- Robert Cummings
Neville, Boston University
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