Human Nature: A Blueprint for Managing the Earth--By People, for People
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Times Books/Henry Holt (2004)
A radical approach to the environment which argues that by harnessing the power of science for human benefit, we can have a healthier planet As a prizewinning theoretical physicist and an outspoken advocate for scientific literacy, James Trefil has long been the public's guide to a better understanding of the world. In this provocative book, Trefil looks squarely at our environmental future and finds-contrary to popular wisdom-reason to celebrate. For too long, Trefil argues, humans have treated nature as something separate from themselves-pristine wilderness to be saved or material resources to be exploited. What we need instead is a scientific approach to the environment that embraces the human transformation of nature for our benefit. In Human Nature , Trefil exposes the benefits of genetically modified species, uncovers vital facts about droughts and global warming, and points to examples of environmental management where catering to humans reaps greater rewards than sheltering other species. By taking advantage of explosive advances in the sciences, we can fruitfully manage the planet, if we rise to the challenge. Like Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and Paul Ehrlich's Population Bomb, Human Nature promises to fundamentally alter the way we perceive our relationship to the Earth-but with optimism rather than alarm.
|Keywords||Human ecology Philosophy Human behavior Human beings Effect of environment on Philosophy of nature|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$1.98 new (93% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||GF21.T74 2004|
|External links||This entry has no external links. Add one.|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
William Leiss (1972/1974). The Domination of Nature. Boston,Beacon Press.
Andrew T. Brei (2013). Rights & Nature. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 26 (2):393-408.
David Heyd (2003). Human Nature: An Oxymoron? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (2):151 – 169.
Jerry Williams & Shaun Parkman (2003). On Humans and Environment: The Role of Consciousness in Environmental Problems. [REVIEW] Human Studies 26 (4):449-460.
Paul Ott (2009). World and Earth: Hannah Arendt and the Human Relationship to Nature. Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (1):1-16.
Timothy F. Murphy (2010). The Ethics of Impossible and Possible Changes to Human Nature. Bioethics 26 (4):191-197.
R. F. Ellen & Katsuyoshi Fukui (eds.) (1996). Redefining Nature: Ecology, Culture, and Domestication. Berg.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2009-01-28
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?