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The Natural and the Artefactual : The Implications of Deep Science and Deep Technology for Environmental Philosophy - Keekok Lee

The Natural and the Artefactual

The Implications of Deep Science and Deep Technology for Environmental Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1999
ISBN: 9780739100615
Number Of Pages: 285

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In this work, the Singapore-born philosopher Keekok Lee challenges one of the central assumptions of contemporary environmentalism: that if we could reduce or eliminate pollution we could "save" the planet without unduly disrupting our modern, industrialized societies. Lee argues instead that the process of modernization, with its attendant emphasis on technological innovation, has fundamentally transformed "nature" into just another man-made "artefact". Ultimately, what needs to be determined is if nature has value above and beyond human considerations, whether aesthetic, spiritual or biological. The book represents an attempt to reconfigure environmental ethics, positing the existence of two separate ontological categories - the "natural" and the "artefactual" - one of which accepts that non-human organisms are "morally considerable", while other places human needs and desires at the centre of the environmental movement.

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Lee has undoubtedly contributed to the ongoing philosophical discussion about the relation between the axiological and the ontological status of nature. Environmental Values This is an impressive book... there is much of value here. Environmental Ethics Philosophically wide-ranging and scholarly, this book maintains that environmental philosophy must begin with ontology rather than axiology and expand its concerns to include abiotic nature...Interesting for its attempt to keep humans and the nonhuman connected while acknowledging differences. CHOICE

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 9
Worldviews: Modern and Pre-modernp. 11
Modernityp. 11
The Old Philosophy and the Old Sciencep. 12
The New Science and Its Methodp. 15
The New Philosophyp. 22
Goals of the New Sciencep. 28
Teleology, Its Forms, and Their Fortunesp. 32
Notesp. 41
The Natural, the Artefactual, and the Technologicalp. 49
Extrinsic/Imposed Teleology and the Artefactualp. 49
Modern Science and the History of Technology: Transforming the Natural to Become the Artefactualp. 54
Modern Technology, the Philosophy of Technology, and the Philosophy of Sciencep. 62
'Deep' Theories and Their Power of Controlp. 69
Notesp. 73
Independence, Human Design, and Artefacticityp. 81
The Natural: Different Senses of 'Nature'p. 82
The End of Nature?p. 86
Nature's Independencep. 90
The Gardenp. 93
Biotic Artefacts and Their Residual Telep. 95
Notesp. 97
Techhnology: Threats to the Naturalp. 107
Extant Technology and the Less Radical Threat to the Naturalp. 107
Biotechnology and Its Radical Threat to Biotic Naturep. 112
Future Technology and the Radical Threat to the Naturalp. 114
Homo Faber, the Humanization of Nature, and the Naturalization of Humanityp. 123
Homo Faber, Artefacts, and the Language of Machinesp. 135
Notesp. 149
Ontology and Axiologyp. 159
Resisting Humean Projectivismp. 161
Interests and the Intentional Stancep. 166
Abiotic Nature and Intrinsic Valuep. 172
Intrinsic Value, Trajectories, and Independent Valuep. 177
Ontological Elimination, Dualism, and Dyadismp. 180
Ecosystem Health and the Human/Nonhuman Ontological Dyadismp. 184
Environmental Ethics and Environmental Philosophy: Axiology and Ontologyp. 189
Anthropogenic and Nonanthropogenicp. 194
Narcissism and Homo Faberp. 201
Notesp. 203
Conclusionp. 223
Notep. 228
Nature as Work of Artp. 229
Notesp. 237
Is Nature a Mere Social Construct?p. 241
Notesp. 249
Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 271
About the Authorp. 287
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ISBN: 9780739100615
ISBN-10: 0739100610
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 285
Published: 28th June 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57