The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics

Why care for Nature?

In search of an ethical framework for environmental responsibility and education

Authors: Postma, Dirk Willem

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What is it that inspires us humans tot take responsibility for our involvement with the natural environment? And how do we familiarise children with practices of environmental responsibility? These questions are at the heart of this book, resulting from a comprehensive inquiry into the ethical and politico-philosophical dimensions of environmental education. Two sources of inspiration and responsibility are discussed in particular. First, as citizens of a civil society, inspiration stems from our commitment to the continuation of the collective practices in which we are already engaged. Second, inspiration emerges from our sensual-aesthetic acquaintanceship with the natural surroundings in the course of our everyday activities. This study concludes that there is insufficient room for these sources of inspiration and responsibility within the prevailing framework of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). An alternative view on the nature and purpose of environmental education is put forward in light of these shortcomings. This view aims to retrieve an existential human sense of care for our natural environment, beyond the narrowly defined appeals made on behalf of future generations, as well as beyond the romantic appeals made on behalf of the intrinsic sovereignty of nature.

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"This fine, timely book by Postma … will appeal to educators and environmentalists seeking to clarify the best available philosophical foundation for reasoning clearly about environmental responsibilities. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above." (S. A. Mason, Choice, Vol. 45 (1), 2007)


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Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why care for Nature?
Book Subtitle
In search of an ethical framework for environmental responsibility and education
Authors
Series Title
The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5003-9
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-5003-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5002-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7251-1
Series ISSN
1570-3010
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 221
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