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    The Green Light: A Self-Critique of the Ecological Movement by Bernard Charbonneau.Nathan Kowalsky - 2019 - Ethics and the Environment 24 (2):73-80.
    Bernard Charbonneau’s The Green Light is a classic text of French environmentalism, first published in 1980 but unavailable in English until now. Philosophically, I found the book to be underwhelming, but Charbonneau makes no apologies for this:The author’s viewpoint is...not that of a specialist,...of a bona fide philosopher or poet, but that of a man who needs air to breathe, water to drink and dive in, time and space to play, silence to sleep or reflect...who has felt in his bones (...)
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    Science and Transcendence: Westphal, Derrida, and Responsibility.Nathan Kowalsky - 2012 - Zygon 47 (1):118-139.
    Abstract. On the naive reading, “radical social constructivism” would be the result of “deconstructing” science. Science would simply be a contingent construction in accordance with social determinants. However, postmodernism does not necessarily abandon fidelity to the objects of thought. Merold Westphal's Derridean philosophy of religion emphasizes that even theology need not eliminate the transcendence of the divine other. By drawing an analogy between natural and supernatural transcendence, I argue that science is similarly called to responsibility in the encounter with that (...)
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    Following Human Nature.Nathan Kowalsky - 2006 - Environmental Ethics 28 (2):165-183.
    Any mediation of the humanity-nature divide driven by environmental concern must satisfactorily account for ecologically destructive human behavior. Holmes Rolston, III argues that human cultures should “follow nature” when interacting with nature. Yet he understands culture to necessarily degrade ecosystems, and allows that purely cultural values could legitimate the destruction of nature itself. Edward O. Wilson, meanwhile, argues that culture’s evolutionary function is to fit humanity to its niche; culture necessarily follows “epigenetic rules” naturally selected for this purpose. However, because (...)
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    On Nature, Human Identity, and Straw Men.Nathan Kowalsky - 2008 - Environmental Ethics 30 (4):443-444.
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    Towards an Ethic of Animal Difference.Nathan Kowalsky - 2016 - Environmental Philosophy 13 (2):239-267.
    Extending ethical considerability to animals consistently takes the form of imperialism: progressing outward from the core of human morality, it incorporates only those animals deemed relevantly similar to humans while rejecting or reforming those lifeforms which are not. I develop an ethic of animal treatment premised on the species difference of undomesticated animals, which has the potential to reunite not only animal and environmental ethics, but environmental and interhuman ethics: each species has evolutionarily specified patterns of behavior for the proper (...)
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    Wilderness, Wasteland, and Homeland.Nathan Kowalsky - 2007 - Ethical Perspectives 14 (4):457-478.
    Judging a place as wasteland or homeland is a matter of perspective: presupposed values, knowledge through acquaintance, and comportment. Therefore, contra Martin Drenthen, the value of wilderness is a judgement call, not a conceptual necessity. I show this by first distinguishing wilderness from “wildness,” then culture from civilization, and finally, by situating Nietzsche’s teachings of the will to power in the context of a devalued world-view.Nevertheless, I agree with Drenthen that some understandings of wilderness are more appropriate than others. When (...)
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    “This is Oil Country”: The Tar Sands and Jacques Ellul’s Theory of Technology.Nathan Kowalsky & Randolph Haluza-DeLay - 2015 - Environmental Ethics 37 (1):75-97.
    The Alberta tar sands, and the proposed pipelines which would carry their bitumen to international markets, comprise one of the most visible environmental controversies of the early twenty-first century. Jacques Ellul’s theory of technology presents ostensibly physical phenomena, such as the tar sands, as social phenomena wherein all values are subsumed under the efficient mastery of nature. The effect of technological rationality is totalizing because technical means establish themselves as the exclusive facts of the matter, which creates a socio-political environment (...)
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    Towards an Ethic of Animal Difference in Advance.Nathan Kowalsky - forthcoming - Environmental Philosophy.
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    Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone: In Search of the Wild Life.Fritz Allhoff & Nathan Kowalsky (eds.) - 2010 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Hunting - Philosophy for Everyone_ presents a collection of readings from academics and non-academics alike that move beyond the ethical justification of hunting to investigate less traditional topics and offer fresh perspectives on why we hunt. The only recent book to explicitly examine the philosophical issues surrounding hunting Shatters many of the stereotypes about hunting, forcing us to rethink the topic Features contributions from a wide range of academic and non-academic sources, including both hunters and non-hunters.
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  10. Hunting--Philosophy for Everyone Taking Aim at the Heart of Life.Nathan Kowalsky (ed.) - 2010 - Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Hunting--Philosophy for Everyone in Search of the Wild Life.Nathan Kowalsky (ed.) - 2010 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Hunting---Philosophy for Everyone Presents a thought-provoking collection of new essays from across the academic and non-academic spectrum that move far beyound ...
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