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Nature Ethics : An Ecofeminist Perspective - Marti Kheel

Nature Ethics

An Ecofeminist Perspective

Hardcover Published: 28th December 2007
ISBN: 9780742552005
Number Of Pages: 339

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In Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective, Marti Kheel explores the underlying worldview of '¬Snature ethics,'¬ offering an alternative ecofeminist perspective. She focuses on four prominent representatives of holist philosophy: two early conservationists (Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold) and two contemporary philosophers (Holmes Rolston III, and transpersonal ecologist Warwick Fox). Kheel argues that in directing their moral allegiance to abstract constructs (e.g. '¬Sspecies,'¬ '¬Sthe ecosystem,'¬ or '¬Sthe transpersonal Self'¬) these influential nature theorists represent a masculinist orientation that devalues concern for individual animals. Seeking to heal the divisions among the seemingly disparate movements and philosophies of feminism, animal advocacy, environmental ethics, and holistic health, Kheel proposes an ecofeminist philosophy that underscores the importance of empathy and care for individual beings as well as larger wholes.

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Why do so many environmentalists proclaim their love of nature but romanticize hunting and eat meat? Nature Ethics offers significant insight. There is very little that Kheel does not explore; reading Nature Ethics is like taking a fine course at a university. I would buy this book for the section on 'Vegan Practice alone.' Hats off to Marti Kheel and this wonderful book! -- Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food [This is a] comprehensive and fair-minded account of the contrasting positions, particularly with respect to animals, between ecofeminist nature ethics and the celebrated holistic views of Theodore Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Holmes Rolston III, and Warwick Fox. Anyone interested in women's studies, animal welfare, hunting, vegetarianism, or environmental ethics will find this impressive book helpful and challenging. -- Peter Wenz Nature Ethics is a major contribution to ecofeminist philosophy, animal liberation, and environmental ethics. Marti Kheel provides an invaluable critique of the ecological position that accepts violence toward individual beings while professing love and respect for the larger natural world. -- Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat Kheel's book is a ground-breaking contribution to the literature and a must-read for anyone concerned with the links between environmental ethics, animal liberation and feminist critique of male cultural bias. -- Rosemary Radford Ruether, Claremont School of Theology A major figure in ecofeminism, Kheel's original thinking about nature ethics culminates in this sweeping volume. She offers vital insights into the destructive consequences of a detached masculine self-identity, and a path toward the development of a genuinely inclusive nature ethic that respects all living beings. -- Greta Gaard, University of Wisconsin This precise focus and the rigorous way in which she challenges ecophilosophies by scrutinising their attitudes towards individual animals brings the author's inherent logic out into the open by applying it to individual action. Thus she is able to confront holist philosophers with an ethics of nature from an ecofeminist perspective. I have high regard for the transparency and the truly dialogical spirit in which Kheel carefully, and in a very accommodating way, puts forward her criticism and invites the reader to follow her line of argument, with its clear structure and precise naming of her standpoint and assumptions. Her challenging core thesis that the treatment of individual animals should be the benchmark for any nature ethic and her revelation of the underlying masculinist identity that permeates current concepts make the book a gainful read for feminist scholars, environmental philosophers at the graduate level, as well as activists interested in better understanding the traditions they bring forward. Agriculture and Human Values

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Finding a Niche for All Animals in Nature Ethicsp. 1
Masculine Identity: Born Again "Man"p. 35
Origins of the Conservation Movement: Preserving Manhoodp. 69
Thinking Like a Mountain or Thinking Like a "Man"?p. 109
The Ecophilosophy of Holmes Rolston IIIp. 137
The Transpersonal Ecology of Warwick Foxp. 163
Ecofeminist Holist Philosophyp. 207
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 313
About the Authorp. 339
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ISBN: 9780742552005
ISBN-10: 0742552004
Series: Studies in Social, Political, & Legal Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 339
Published: 28th December 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 16.26  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.65