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Charles S. Brown - Editor
Ted Toadvine - Editor
SUNY series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 278 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5621-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5621-7

Price: $33.95 
Paperback - 278 pages
Release Date: January 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5622-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5622-4

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Explores how continental philosophy can inform environmental ethics.

This groundbreaking collection explores the intersection of phenomenology with environmental philosophy. It examines the relevance of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas for thinking through the philosophical dilemmas raised by environmental issues, and then proposes new phenomenological approaches to the natural world. The contributors demonstrate phenomenology's need to engage in an ecological self-evaluation and to root out anthropomorphic assumptions embedded in its own methodology. Calling for a reexamination of beliefs central to the Western philosophical tradition, this book shifts previously marginalized environmental concerns to the forefront and blazes a trail for a new collaboration between phenomenologists and ecologically-minded theorists.

“… provides both critique and positive alternatives by focusing on the contributions phenomenology can make to the ever more important field of ecology and environmental ethics.” — Environmental Ethics

"This book is another step in the direction of leading continental philosophy out of the cul-de-sac it finds itself within and toward an active engagement in an area of prime social concern, the environment." — Robert Frodeman, author of Geo-Logic: Breaking Ground between Philosophy and the Earth Sciences

...a welcome addition to the scholarship" — H. Peter Steeves, editor of Animal Others: On Ethics, Ontology, and Animal Life

Contributors include Charles S. Brown, Edward S. Casey, Christian Diehm, Lester Embree, Irene Klaver, Erazim Kohák, Monika Langer, John Llewelyn, Don E. Marietta Jr., Ted Toadvine, David Wood, and Michael E. Zimmerman.

At Emporia State University, Charles S. Brown is Professor of Philosophy and Ted Toadvine is Assistant Professor of Philosophy.

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Table of Contents


Eco-Phenomenology: An Introduction
Charles S. Brown and Ted Toadvine

I. Ecological Philosophy and the Phenomenological Tradition

1. The Real and the Good: Phenomenology and the Possibility of an Axiological Rationality
Charles S. Brown

2. An Understanding Heart: Reason, Value, and Transcendental Phenomenology
Erazim Kohák

3. The Possibility of a Constitutive Phenomenology of the Environment
Lester Embree

4. Prolegomena to Any Future Phenomenological Ecology
John Llewelyn

5. Heidegger's Phenomenology and Contemporary Environmentalism
Michael E. Zimmerman

6. Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty: Some of their Contributions and Limitations for Environmentalism
Monika Langer

7. Back to Earth with Reflection and Ecology
Don E. Marietta, Jr.

II. New Directions in Eco-Phenomenology

8. The Primacy of Desire and Its Ecological Consequences
Ted Toadvine

9. Phenomenology on (the) Rocks
Irene J. Klaver

10. Natural Disasters
Christian Diehm

11. Taking a Glance at the Environment: Preliminary Thoughts on a Promising Topic
Edward S. Casey

12. What is Eco-Phenomenology?
David Wood

Notes on Contributors

Eco-Phenomenology Bibliography


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