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Nature as Subject: Human Obligation and Natural Community
by Eric Katz
Written by one of the instrumental figures in environmental ethics, Nature as Subject traces the development of an ethical policy that is centered not on human beings, but on itself. Katz applies this idea to contemporary environmental problems, introducing themes of justice, domination, imperialism, and the Holocaust. This volume will stand as a foundational work for envi ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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I like thinking about nature as a community. The problem with thinking about an ecosystem as a kind of "organism" (with the different elements of the ecosystem as "organs") is that it makes little sense of most of the work environmentalists do to save endangered species. Endangered species play a diminished role in ecosystems, so if we were dealing with an "organism" it would not make sense to try to save endangered species because they are less important to the greater functioning of the "organ ...more