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Being Human: Ethics, Environment, and Our Place in the World

Anna Peterson


This book examines the complex connections among conceptions of human nature, attitudes toward non-human nature, and ethics. The book proposes an “ethical anthropology” that examines how ideas of nature and humanity are bound together in ways that shape the very foundations of cultures. It discusses mainstream Western understandings of what it means to be human, as well as alternatives to these perspectives, and suggests that the construction of a compelling, coherent environmental ethics will revise our ideas not only about nature but also about what it means to be human. The book begins to i ... More

Keywords: human nature, non-human nature, ethics, ethical anthropology, nature, humanity, environmental ethics, human, cultures, theological narratives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520226548
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226548.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Peterson, author