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Seminal essays on environmental philosophy from Indian, chinese language, and eastern traditions of thought.

Environmental Philosophy in Asian Traditions of Thought offers a welcome sequel to the foundational quantity in Asian environmental ethics Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought. That quantity, edited via J. Baird Callicott and Roger T. Ames and released in 1989, inaugurated comparative environmental ethics, including Asian idea at the flora and fauna to the constructing box of environmental philosophy. This new publication, edited via Callicott and James McRae, comprises the superior articles in environmental philosophy from the point of view of Asian notion written extra lately, a few of which look in print for the 1st time.

best students draw from the Indian, chinese language, and eastern traditions of idea to supply a normative moral framework that may tackle the environmental demanding situations being confronted in the twenty-first century. Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist ways are thought of in addition to these of Zen, jap Confucianism, and the modern philosophy of the Kyoto institution. An research of environmental philosophy in those Asian traditions not just demanding situations Western assumptions, but additionally presents an knowing of Asian philosophy, faith, and tradition that informs modern environmental legislations and coverage

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While he insisted that he was a practical man without interest in metaphysics or philosophical speculation, an analysis of the central features of his thought reveal a strong environmental ethic, grounded in the philosophical and religious thought of India. A recent study of Gandhi’s views concerning the environment suggest that his personal life and political vision reflected the influence of yoga, the ancient philosophical science of control of the body and mind that leads finally to the liberation of the human soul.

Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (New York: Penguin Classics, 1998). 16. Lynn White, “The Historic Roots of our Ecologic Crisis,” Science 155: 3767 (March 1967). 17. Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967), pp. 21–22. 18. John Passmore, Man’s Responsibility for Nature: Ecological Problems and Western Traditions, Second Edition (London: Duckworth, 1980), pp. 28–40. 19. Edward Said, Orientalism (New York: Random House, 1979).

An examination of one’s self in the light of sacred scriptures dislodges the human person from the understanding of one’s self as the master of creation. It locates the person within the larger web of life, and to its duties and responsibilities. Devotion to God supports this self-understanding. Gandhi acknowledges that there are innumerable definitions of God because of his innumerable manifestations. indd 18 10/02/14 3:10 PM Environment and Environmental Philosophy in India 19 the validity of the many images of God that the Hindu tradition has generated.

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