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Wild and the Wicked

On Nature and Human Nature
Benjamin Hale(Autor*in)
MIT Press
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Erschienen am 12. Dezember 2016
328 Seiten
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Most of us think that in order to be environmentalists, we have to love nature. Essentially, we should be tree huggers -- embracing majestic redwoods, mighty oaks, graceful birches, etc. We ought to eat granola, drive hybrids, cook tofu, and write our appointments in Sierra Club calendars. Nature's splendor, in other words, justifies our protection of it. But, asks Benjamin Hale in this provocative book, what about tsunamis, earthquakes, cancer, bird flu, killer asteroids? They are nature, too.For years, environmentalists have insisted that nature is fundamentally good. In The Wild and the Wicked, Benjamin Hale adopts the opposite position -- that much of the time nature can be bad -- in order to show that even if nature is cruel, we still need to be environmentally conscientious. Hale argues that environmentalists needn't feel compelled to defend the value of nature, or even to adopt the attitudes of tree-hugging nature lovers. We can acknowledge nature's indifference and periodic hostility. Deftly weaving anecdote and philosophy, he shows that we don't need to love nature to be green. What really ought to be driving our environmentalism is our humanity, not nature's value.Hale argues that our unique burden as human beings is that we can act for reasons, good or bad. He claims that we should be environmentalists because environmentalism is right, because we humans have the capacity to be better than nature. As humans, we fail to live up to our moral potential if we act as brutally as nature. Hale argues that despite nature's indifference to the plight of humanity, humanity cannot be indifferent to the plight of nature.
  • Intro
  • CONTENTS
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • INTRODUCTION
  • NATURE'S VALUE, THE CHOICES WE MAKE, AND THE LIVES WE LIVE
  • WHAT GREEN MEANS
  • ABOUT THE BOOK
  • What to Expect
  • Act I
  • 1 Return to the Paleocene
  • GONE
  • CONNECTING THE DOTS
  • THE FORECAST: UNPLEASANT, WITH A CHANCE OF TERRIBLE
  • DISASTER OF OUR OWN MAKING
  • PRELIMINARY EXPECTORATIONS: FORGET WHAT YOU KNOW
  • CATASTROPHE REDUX
  • THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD FUTURE ARGUMENT
  • 2 The Precious Vase
  • LOCKDOWN
  • CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
  • TREE HUGGER 101: THE BIRDS, THE BEES, AND THE LOVELY TREES
  • CANARIES, COAL MINES, AND THE WEB OF RELATIONS
  • BEES AND THE BOTTOM LINE
  • GREEN IS NO GOOD
  • 3 Rustling in the Bushes
  • HORROR
  • TERRA INCOGNITA
  • RAINBOW OF FLAVORS
  • ELEVATORS AND AIR CONDITIONERS
  • THE CRUELEST MISTRESS
  • MOMMY DEAREST
  • 4 The Wild and the Wicked
  • CRASH BOOM
  • FREEZE-FRAME: STATES OF THE WORLD
  • THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT SHOULD: DECISION JUNCTURES
  • RUBBER, MEET ROAD: ACTIONS AND EVENTS
  • Act II
  • 5 Control Freak
  • BOUND AND DETERMINED
  • THE DRIVER AND THE DRIVEN
  • OUTSIDE FORCES
  • THE MIDNIGHT CUPCAKE THIEF: WILLING AND WANTING
  • YOU GOT YOUR NATURE IN MY PEANUT BUTTER
  • CARNIVORE, OMNIVORE, HERBIVORE, LOCAVORE: PRINCIPLES AND HABITS
  • 6 Dr. Feelgood and Mr. Fix-It Go to the Picture Show
  • THE BIGGEST FATTEST AWESOMEST AIR CONDITIONER MONEY CAN BUY
  • THE ELIXIR OF UTOPIA
  • HENNY PENNY AND THE UGLY DUCKLING
  • WHY HONEY, IT'S PERFECT!
  • FLU SHOT ROULETTE
  • EXPLAIN YOURSELF
  • 7 The Voter's Conundrum
  • SUCKER'S BALLOT: WHY WE VOTE
  • WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WHY
  • EXPLIFICATION
  • WORD-SALAD SANDWICH
  • OF WHISKEY AND DARTBOARDS
  • THE RIGHT AS THE JUSTIFIED
  • Act III
  • 8 The Axes of Evildoers
  • FIRE AT TWO ELK
  • WHO'S ON FIRST? WHAT'S ON THIRD?
  • THE ROOTS OF ALL EVIL
  • EPISTEMIC CLOSURE
  • BENEFIT-DOUBT ANALYSIS
  • OVER THE RIVER: REORDERING OUR REASONS
  • 9 The Green's Gambit
  • DON'T FEED THE BEARS
  • HE WHO HAS THE GOLD MAKES THE RULES
  • ICE BATH
  • THE RULES OF THE ROAD
  • THE SENSITIVITY OF CAR ALARMS
  • TRADING PLACES
  • PHILOSOPHY, NOW MORE THAN EVER: SECURING OUR ENDS
  • 10 The Good Green Life
  • THE PARABLE OF WICKED AND WILD
  • EARTH
  • FOURIER'S BLANKET
  • PUBLIC HEALTH MENACE
  • HAVING A REASON
  • THE VIRIDIAN COMMONWEALTH
  • Postscript: The Right Thing for the Right Reason
  • Notes
  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER 1: RETURN TO THE PALEOCENE
  • CHAPTER 2: THE PRECIOUS VASE
  • CHAPTER 3: RUSTLING IN THE BUSHES
  • CHAPTER 4: THE WILD AND THE WICKED
  • CHAPTER 5: CONTROL FREAK
  • CHAPTER 6: DR. FEELGOOD AND MR. FIX-IT GO TO THE PICTURE SHOW
  • CHAPTER 7: THE VOTER'S CONUNDRUM
  • CHAPTER 8: THE AXES OF EVILDOERS
  • CHAPTER 9: THE GREEN'S GAMBIT
  • CHAPTER 10: THE GOOD GREEN LIFE
  • INDEX

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