David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
University of Chicago Press (2004)
For thousands of years, people have used nature to justify their political, moral, and social judgments. Such appeals to the moral authority of nature are still very much with us today, as heated debates over genetically modified organisms and human cloning testify. The Moral Authority of Nature offers a wide-ranging account of how people have used nature to think about what counts as good, beautiful, just, or valuable. The eighteen essays cover a diverse array of topics, including the connection of cosmic and human orders in ancient Greece, medieval notions of sexual disorder, early modern contexts for categorizing individuals and judging acts as "against nature," race and the origin of humans, ecological economics, and radical feminism. The essays also range widely in time and place, from archaic Greece to early twentieth-century China, medieval Europe to contemporary America. Scholars from a wide variety of fields will welcome The Moral Authority of Nature , which provides the first sustained historical survey of its topic. Contributors: Danielle Allen, Joan Cadden, Lorraine Daston, Fa-ti Fan, Eckhardt Fuchs, Valentin Groebner, Abigail J. Lustig, Gregg Mitman, Michelle Murphy, Katharine Park, Matt Price, Robert N. Proctor, Helmut Puff, Robert J. Richards, Londa Schiebinger, Laura Slatkin, Julia Adeney Thomas, Fernando Vidal.
|Keywords||Philosophy of nature History Nature History|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$17.09 used (47% off) $25.00 new (22% off) $32.00 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||BD581.M78 2004|
|ISBN(s)||0226136817 0226136809 9780226136813 9780226136806|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
J. Cadden, Trouble in the Earthly Paradise: The Regime of Nature in Late Medieval Christian Culture.
Fan Fa-ti, Nature and Nation in Chinese Political Thought: The National Essence Circle in Early-Twentieth-Century China.
Abigail J. Lustig, Ants and the Nature of Nature in Auguste Forel, Erich Wasmann, and William Morton Wheeler.
H. Puff, Nature on Trial: Acts “Against Nature” in the Law Courts of Early Modern Germany and Switzerland.
Londa Schiebinger, Human Experimentation in the Eighteenth Century: Natural Boundaries and Valid Testing.
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Jordi Cat (2011). On Understanding Understanding. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 25 (4):405-411.
Charles Wolfe (2013). Vitalism and the Resistance to Experimentation on Life in the Eighteenth Century. Journal of the History of Biology 46 (2):255-282.
Donald B. Thompson (2011). Natural Food and the Pastoral: A Sentimental Notion? [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 24 (2):165-194.
Peter Dear (2010). Divine Illumination, Mechanical Calculators, and the Roots of Modern Reason. Science in Context 23 (3):351-366.
Anik Waldow (forthcoming). The Artifice of Human Nature: Rousseau and Herder. Intellectual History Review:1-14.
Similar books and articles
David Heyd (2003). Human Nature: An Oxymoron? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (2):151 – 169.
Paul Silas Peterson (2010). On Nature and Bioethics. Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics 16 (1):74-86.
Andrew P. Porter (2004). Material Differences Between History And Nature. International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (2):185-200.
Ron Tobias (2011). Film and the American Moral Vision of Nature: Theodore Roosevelt to Walt Disney. Michigan State University Press.
Theodore R. Schatzki (2000). The Social Bearing of Nature. Inquiry 43 (1):21 – 37.
Barbara Hanawalt & Lisa J. Kiser (eds.) (2008). Engaging with Nature: Essays on the Natural World in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. University of Notre Dame Press.
Pauline Kleingeld (2001). Nature or Providence? On the Theoretical and Moral Importance of Kant’s Philosophy of History. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 75 (2):201-219.
Joseph Raz (2009). Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads41 ( #65,667 of 1,699,548 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #362,609 of 1,699,548 )
How can I increase my downloads?