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Loving Nature : Towards an Ecology of Emotion - Kay Milton

Loving Nature

Towards an Ecology of Emotion

Hardcover Published: 24th January 2002
ISBN: 9780415253536
Number Of Pages: 192

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As the full effects of human activity on Earth's life-support systems are revealed by science, the question of whether we can change, fundamentally, our relationship with nature becomes increasingly urgent. Just as important as an understanding of our environment, is an understanding of ourselves, of the kinds of beings we are and why we act as we do. In Loving Nature Kay Milton considers why some people in Western societies grow up to be nature lovers, actively concerned about the welfare and future of plants, animals, ecosystems and nature in general, while others seem indifferent or intent on destroying these things. Drawing on findings and ideas from anthropology, psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, the author discusses how we come to understand nature as we do, and above all, how we develop emotional commitments to it. Anthropologists, in recent years, have tended to suggest that our understanding of the world is shaped solely by the culture in which we live. Controversially Kay Milton argues that it is shaped by direct experience in which emotion plays an essential role. The author argues that the conventional opposition between emotion and rationality in western culture is a myth. The effect of this myth has been to support a market economy which systematically destroys nature, and to exclude from public decision making the kinds of emotional attachments that support more environmentally sensitive ways of living. A better understanding of ourselves, as fundamentally emotional beings, could give such ways of living the respect they need.

'Intriguing, thought-provoking... environmentalism treated from a cultural perspective.' - Paul Richards, Wageningen University.

Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Science and Religionp. 8
The Naturalness of Ideasp. 26
Knowing Nature Through Experiencep. 40
Enjoying Naturep. 55
Identifying with Naturep. 73
Valuing Naturep. 92
Protecting Naturep. 110
Protecting Naturep. 129
Conclusionp. 147
Notesp. 152
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 173
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ISBN: 9780415253536
ISBN-10: 0415253535
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 24th January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 17.37  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1