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Nature's Keeper (Ethics and Action)

Peter S. Wenz

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ISBN 10: 1566394279 / ISBN 13: 9781566394277
Published by Temple University Press, 1996
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Title: Nature's Keeper (Ethics and Action)

Publisher: Temple University Press

Publication Date: 1996

Book Condition: Very Good

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In the West, humans tend to separate themselves from nature, valuing nature only as a means of meeting their own needs and happiness. This domination of nature often fosters human oppression instead of freedom and progress, as those who ignore abuses of nature tend to disregard human injustice as well. Peter S. Wenz argues that this oppression involves such destructive forces as sexism, ethnic strife, and political repression, including repression of the nuclear power industry's victims. Catastrophes like the Holocaust and the Gulf War are the result.

In contrast to the destructive "separate from nature" attitude, Wenz looks to various indigenous peoples as an example of societies where human beings revere nature for itself--societies where human beings flourish as individuals, in families, and in communities. Unlike societies dependent on commerce and industry, many indigenous peoples consider themselves part of a circle of life, reaping benefits far greater than the technological advances of the West. Wenz considers how to adopt the perspective of some indigenous cultures and how to make it work in our fast-food world. Additionally, he uses a trip to the World Uranium Hearings in Salzburg as a vehicle for understanding complex philosophical issues from consumerism to anthropocentrism.



In the series Ethics and Action, edited by Tom Regan.

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A thought-provoking look at the value of not making separations between humans and nature

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