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Despite its attention to questions of ethics and “the ethical,” contemporary continental philosophy has often been disengaged from inquiring into our ethical obligation to nature and the environment. In response to this vacuum in the literature, Facing Nature simultaneously makes Levinasian resources more accessible to practitioners in the diverse fields of environmental thought while demonstrating the usefulness of continental philosophy for addressing major issues in environmental thought. Drawing on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, these scholars approach environmental philosophy from both humanistic and nonanthropocentric points of view. On the one hand, the book contributes to the discussion of environmental justice as well as the growth of ecophilosophical literature. At the same time, some of the essays take an interpretive approach to Levinas’s thought, finding that his work is able to speak to environmental thinkers whose positions actually diverge quite sharply from his own. While recognizing the limitations of Levinas’s writings from an environmental perspective, Facing Nature argues that themes at the heart of his work—the significance of the ethical, responsibility, alterity, the vulnerability of the body, bearing witness, and politics—are important for thinking about many of our most pressing contemporary environmental questions. Essays specifically highlight the otherness of nature, the vulnerability and suffering of nonhuman animals, the idea of an interspecies politics, the role of nature in ethical life, individual responsibility for climate change, and the Jewish understanding of creation as points of contact between Levinas’s philosophical project and environmental thought. Levinas is also brought into conversation with dialogue partners who enhance this connection, such as Theodor Adorno, Hanna Arendt, Tim Yilngayarri, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Henry David Thoreau. While widely relevant to all those who attempt to think through our ethical relation to the natural world, Facing Nature will be of special interest to scholars and students interested in both continental philosophy and the manifold areas of environmental studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xviii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Introduction: Facing Nature after Levinas
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. Alterity, Value, Autonomy: Levinas and Environmental Ethics
  2. pp. 11-24
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  1. 2. Facing Animals
  2. pp. 25-40
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  1. 3. Agency, Vulnerability, and Societas: Toward a Levinasian Politics of the Animal
  2. pp. 41-66
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  1. 4. Scarce Resources? Levinas, Animals, and the Environment
  2. pp. 67-94
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  1. 5. Ruined Faces
  2. pp. 95-108
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  1. 6. Levinas and Adorno: Can There Be an Ethics of Nature?
  2. pp. 109-134
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  1. 7. The Earthly Politics of Ethical An-archē: Arendt, Levinas, and Being with Others
  2. pp. 135-160
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  1. 8. Enjoyment and Its Discontents: On Separation from Nature in Levinas
  2. pp. 161-190
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  1. 9. Earthly Morality and the Other: From Levinas to Environmental Sustainability
  2. pp. 191-208
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  1. 10. Rethinking Responsibility in an Age of Anthropogenic Climate Catastrophe
  2. pp. 209-228
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  1. 11. Toward a Relational Model of Anthropocentrism: A Levinasian Approach to the Ethics of Climate Change
  2. pp. 229-252
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  1. 12. The Anarchical Goodness of Creation: Monotheism in Another’s Voice
  2. pp. 253-278
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  1. 13. Witness to the Face of a River: Thinking with Levinas and Thoreau
  2. pp. 279-300
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 301-348
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 349-352
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 353-359
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820705842
Related ISBN
9780820704531
MARC Record
OCLC
830023035
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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