Written as a series of lectures, The Ecological Life offers a humanistic perspective on environmental philosophy that challenges some of the dogmas of deep ecology and radical environmentalism while speaking for their best desires. The book argues that being human-centered leaves us open to ecological identifications, rather than the opposite. Bendik-Keymer draws on analytic and continental traditions of philosophy as well as literature and visual media. He argues for a sense of ecological justice consonant with human rights, and shows how humanistic thinking is committed to deepening respect for life and our ecological orientation. In a clear, jargon-free and conversational tone, The Ecological Life presents a timely and important contribution to civic engagement in an ecological century.
Jeremy Bendik-Keymer is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of International Studies, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Chapter 1 Becoming a Citizen of Earth Chapter 2 Moral Attention and Justice Chapter 3 The Idea of an Ecological Orientation Chapter 4 Rooted in Our Humanity Chapter 5 Relationships between Humans and Lands Chapter 6 Being True to Ourselves Chapter 7 Maturity's Idealism Chapter 8 A Circle of Life Chapter 9 Thoughts and Laws of Earth Chapter 10 The Sky inside the City