Saturday, October 22, 2022

"How Nature Matters"

New from Oxford University Press: How Nature Matters: Culture, Identity, and Environmental Value by Simon P. James.

About the book, from the publisher:

How Nature Matters presents an original theory of nature's value based on part—whole relations. James argues that when natural things have cultural value, they do not always have it as means to valuable ends. In many cases, they have value as parts of valuable wholes — as parts of traditions, for instance, or cultural identities.

James develops his theory by investigating twelve real-world cases, ranging from the veneration of sacred trees to the hunting of dugongs. He also analyses some key policy-related debates and explores various fundamental issues in environmental philosophy, including the question of whether anything on earth qualifies as natural.

This accessible, engagingly written book will be essential reading for all those who wish to understand the moral and metaphysical dimensions of environmental issues.
--Marshal Zeringue