Nature and Value

Edited by Akeel Bilgrami

Columbia University Press

Nature and Value

Pub Date: January 2020

ISBN: 9780231194631

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Nature and Value

Edited by Akeel Bilgrami

Columbia University Press

Today, as we confront an unprecedented environmental crisis of our own making, it is more urgent than ever to consider the notion of nature and our place within it. This book brings together essays that individually and as a whole present a detailed and rigorous multidisciplinary exploration of the concept of nature and its wider ethical and political implications.

A distinguished list of scholars take up a broad range of questions regarding the relations between the human subject and its natural environment: when and how the concept of nature gave way to the concept of natural resources; the genealogy of the concept of nature through political economy, theology, and modern science; the idea of the Anthropocene; the prospects for green growth; and the deep alienation of human beings in the modern period from both nature and each other. By engaging with a wide range of scholarship, they ultimately converge on a common outlook that is both capacious and original. The essays together present a revaluation of the natural world that seeks to reshape political and ethical ideals and practice with a view to addressing some of the fundamental concerns of our time.

Nature and Value features widely known scholars in a broad swath of disciplines, ranging from philosophy, politics, and political economy to geology, law, literature, and psychology. They include Jonathan Schell, David Bromwich, James Tully, Jedediah Purdy, Robert Pollin, Jan Zalasiewicz, Carol Rovane, Sanjay Reddy, Joanna Picciotto, Anthony Laden, Nikolas Kompridis, Bina Gogineni, Kyle Nichols, and the editor, Akeel Bilgrami.
An outstanding collection of essays in which some of the world's leading thinkers subject the fundamental presuppositions of contemporary society to rigorous scrutiny. Essential reading for those who are searching for fresh perspectives on the current human predicament. Amitav Ghosh, author of The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Our awareness of having entered the Anthropocene is still so recent that many of the issues, challenges, and dilemmas it poses are still underexplored. This admirable and inspiring book offers a number of converging guidelines that help us to see our predicament and to see it whole. Charles Taylor, author of A Secular Age
It has been a genuine privilege and a pleasure to read this book. I learned a great deal from doing so and I fully expect that other readers will learn much as well. Nature and Value accomplishes something inestimably important by demonstrating how it is possible to juxtapose writings by scholars from a vast array of different disciplines and generate a conversation about climate change that is at once coherent and dynamic. Paul Apostolidis, London School of Economics and Political Science
Preface, by Akeel Bilgrami
Acknowledgments
1. Nature and Value, by Jonathan Schell
2. The Human Shadow, by Jonathan Schell
3. The Anthropocene and Global Warming: A Brief Update, by Jan Zalasiewicz
4. The Extraordinary Strata of the Anthropocene, by Jan Zalasiewicz
5. The Anthropocene Dating Problem: Disciplinary Misalignments, Paradigm Shifts, and the Possibility for New Foundations in Science, by Kyle Nichols and Bina Gogineni
6. Disciplinary Variations on the Anthropocene: Temporality and Epistemic Authority. Response to Kyle Nichols and Bina Gogineni, by Nikolas Kompridis
7. Value and Alienation: A Revisionist Essay on Our Political Ideals, by Akeel Bilgrami
8. Equality and Liberty: Beyond a Boundary. Response to Akeel Bilgrami, by Sanjay G. Reddy
9. Experimenting with Other People, by Joanna Picciotto
10. The Green Growth Path to Climate Stabilization, by Robert Pollin
11. All Too Human: Orienting Environmental Law in a Remade World, by Jedediah Britton-Purdy
12. Life Sustains Life 1: Value, Social and Ecological, by James Tully
13. Life Sustains Life 2: The Ways of Reengagement with the Living Earth, by James Tully
14. The Value of Sustainability and the Sustainability of Value, by Anthony Simon Laden
15. Varieties of Agency: Comment on Anthony Laden, by Carol Rovane
16. Nonhuman Agency and Human Normativity, by Nikolas Kompridis
17. Natural Piety and Human Responsibility, by David Bromwich
List of Contributors
Index

About the Author

Akeel Bilgrami is the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy and a professor on the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. His Columbia University Press books include Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom? (2014) and Beyond the Secular West (2016).