Interpreting Nature

9780823254255: Hardback
Release Date: 11th November 2013

9780823254262: Paperback
Release Date: 11th November 2013

9780823254279: EPUB
Release Date: 11th November 2013

9780823254286: PDF
Release Date: 11th November 2013

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 400

Series Groundworks: Ecological Issues in Philosophy and Theology

Fordham University Press

Interpreting Nature

The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics

This collection of essays examines the various intersections between philosophical hermeneutics and environmental philosophy. Adopting a broad and inclusive understanding of our relation with the environment, it investigates a number of important topics for contemporary environmental thought, including the self, history, ethics, culture, and narrative.
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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.

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.

“This is a superb book, written with clarity, precision, and deep feeling for a better understanding of differing approaches to interpreting the wider natural world.”

—Mark Wallace
Swarthmore College

... Interpreting Nature is engaging throughout and contributes to an important growth in environmental philosophy.

—Environmental Values

“Interpreting Nature is an excellent collection of essays. This collection is a very welcome addition to the literature and helps to move forward philosophical reflection on the idea of ‘nature’ and charts new and important ways to think about the task of an environmental ethics.”

—Charles Brown
Emporia State University