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Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Canon

Peter F. Cannavò and Joseph H. Lane Jr. (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262028059
eISBN:
9780262325264
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028059.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Engaging Nature is an edited collection that explores how past political theorists conceptualized the natural world and humanity’s relationship with it. The theorists profiled are largely from the ... More


Edmund Burke: The Nature of Politics

Harlan Wilson

in Engaging Nature: Environmentalism and the Political Theory Canon

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262028059
eISBN:
9780262325264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028059.003.0009
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Harlan Wilson’s essay on Edmund Burke brings out affinities and tensions between green and conservative thought. Burke’s aesthetics, especially his writings about gardens, favor a cooperative ... More


Conceptual Conservatism: The Case of Normative Functions

Paul Sheldon Davies

in Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262113212
eISBN:
9780262255271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262113212.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Biomathematics / Statistics and Data Analysis / Complexity Studies

This chapter argues that biologists who cling to function talk are suffering from “conceptual conservatism” and that function talk should be given up. It addresses that the concept of normative ... More


Is Uploading Ourselves into Machines a Good Bet?

Nicholas Agar

in Humanity's End: Why We Should Reject Radical Enhancement

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014625
eISBN:
9780262289122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter presents a challenge to Kurzweil’s predictions about the destiny of the human mind. It argues that it is unlikely ever to be rational for human beings to completely upload their minds ... More


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