Nature and Life: Essays on Deep Ecology and Applied Ethics
This volume explores some recent thoughts and trends in environmental philosophy and applied ethics. The topics selected here are contemporary and offered in academic programs across the globe. This book is an essential reference work for those who are keen to conduct detailed research within the fields of environmental philosophy, environmental humanities, culture, public health, applied ethics, bioethics, and political philosophy, as well as the general reader interested in the ethical and philosophical issues that are transforming and touching our lives. The book uniquely focuses both western and non-western approaches.
Md. Munir Hossain Talukder, PhD, is a Professor of Philosophy at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. He received his PhD in Comparative Environmental Philosophy and Ethics from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s degree in Applied Ethics from Linköping University, Sweden, and Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has published several journal articles on bioethics, political philosophy and environmental ethics, and served as a member of the editorial boards of various academic journals. His work Self, Nature, and Cultural Values was translated into Italian as Una Nuova ‘Filosofia’ Ambientale [A New Environmental ‘Philosophy’]. As Adjunct Faculty, he also teaches at North South University, Bangladesh.
“I once myself asked the question whether the East can help teach the West how to value nature. I found Talukder’s analysis of my own worries insightful.”
Holmes Rolston III
University Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Colorado State University, USA
“The author gives a clear and instructive overview of the attitudes to self and nature in the Western (Greco-Roman), as well as the Eastern (Indian and Chinese) traditions, starting with the environmental problems facing humanity and modern philosophers’ attempts to cope with them, in particular the deep ecology of Arne Naess. He focuses on identification as a value that is common to all traditions.”
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas, University of Oslo, Norway
"How is a philosophical worldview of nature and life (in the sense of its totality) possible? The answer to this question can be found in the philosophical approach of Md. Munir Hossain Talukder who invites us to take the universe in its totality as a way of correcting the metaphysics of 'self' and its relation with the nature.Of all the far reaching insights, the one most relevant of Professor Talukder's book is his engagement in exploring the issues of values, virtues and attitude towards life and nature through a common lens of culture in which the "quality of life" is emphasized not only as a logical outcome of "Self-realization" but also as a common denominator of (bio)ethical choice. This way of thinking as such would contribute profoundly to the ongoing dialogue about deep ecology and applied ethics, generated from the renewed interests in transforming the metaphysic of self into a philosophical worldview of life and nature."
Muhammad A Sayeed, Jahangirnagar University, The Daily Star, Bangladesh, 15.08.2018
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