Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics (Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology)

Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics (Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology)

By: David Utsler (author), Brian Treanor (author), Martin Drenthen (author), Dr Forrest Clingerman (editor)Paperback

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Modern environmentalism has come to realize that many of its key concerns-"wilderness" and "nature" among them-are contested territory, viewed differently by different people. Understanding nature requires science and ecology, to be sure, but it also requires a sensitivity to history, culture, and narrative. Thus, understanding nature is a fundamentally hermeneutic task.

About Author

Forrest Clingerman is associate professor of philosophy and religion at Ohio Northern University. Along with Mark H. Dixon, he is coeditor of Placing Nature on the Borders of Philosophy, Religion, and Ethics (Ashgate, 2011). In addition, he has published a number of articles on environmental thought. His main research focus is on issues of place in environmental philosophy and theology, but he has also written on topics of pedagogy in higher education. Brian Treanor is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Environmental Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of Aspects of Alterity (Fordham, 2006) and Emplotting Virtue (SUNY Press, 2014), and the coeditor of A Passion for the Possible (Fordham University Press, 2010), Interpreting Nature (Fordham University Press, 2013), and Being-in-Creation (Fordham University Press, 2015). Current projects include the development of an "earthy" hermeneutics, and a monograph on the experience of joy. Martin Drenthen is associate professor of philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). He is the author of Old World and New World Pespective in Environmental Philosophy. Together with Jozef Keulartz and Jim Proctor, he coedited New Visions of Nature: Complexity and Authenticity. In English and Dutch publications, he has written about the significance of Nietzsche's critique of morality for environmental ethics, the concept of wildness in debates on ecological restoration, and ethics of place. His most recent research focuses on the relationship between landscapes, cultures of place, and moral identity. David Utsler is a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies. His current areas of research focus on hermeneutics, critical theory, and their application to environmental philosophy. He has published essays in environmental hermeneutics and presented several conference papers on environmental hermeneutics and environmental justice. He is currently working on a manuscript (along with Robert Melchior Figueroa of UNT) on the application of hermeneutics to environmental justice studies and activism.


Acknowledgments Introduction: Environmental Hermeneutics David Utsler, Forrest Clingerman, Martin Drenthen, and Brian Treanor Part I: Interpretation and the Task of Thinking Environmentally 1. Hermeneutics Deep in the Woods John van Buren 2. Morrow's Ants: E. O. Wilson and Gadamer's Critique of (Natural) Historicism Mick Smith 3. Layering: Body, Building, Biography Robert Mugerauer 4. Might Nature Be Interpreted as a "Saturated Phenomenon"? Christina M. Gschwandtner 5. Must Environmental Philosophy Relinquish the Concept of Nature? A Hermeneutic Reply to Steven Vogel W. S. K. Cameron Part II: Situating the Self 6. Environmental Hermeneutics and Environmental/Eco-Psychology: Explorations in Environmental Identity David Utsler 7. Environmental Hermeneutics With and For Others: Ricoeur's Ethics and the Ecological Self Nathan Bell 8. Bodily Moods and Unhomely Environments: The Hermeneutics of Agoraphobia and the Spirit of Place Dylan Trigg Part III: Narrativity and Image 9. Narrative and Nature: Appreciating and Understanding the Nonhuman World Brian Treanor 10. The Question Concerning Nature Sean McGrath 11. New Nature Narratives: Landscape Hermeneutics and Environmental Ethics Martin Drenthen Part IV: Environments, Place, and the Experience of Time 12. Memory, Imagination, and the Hermeneutics of Place Forrest Clingerman 13. The Betweenness of Monuments Janet Donohoe 14. My Place in the Sun David Wood 15. How Hermeneutics Might Save the Life of (Environmental) Ethics Paul Van Tongeren and Paulien Snellen Notes A Bibliographic Overview of Research in Environmental Hermeneutics List of Contributors Index

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  • Number Of Pages: 400
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