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The Promise And Threat Of Nanotechnology: Can Environmental Ethics Guide Us?, Christopher J. Preston Jan 2005

The Promise And Threat Of Nanotechnology: Can Environmental Ethics Guide Us?, Christopher J. Preston

Philosophy Faculty Publications

The growing presence of the products of nanotechnology in the public domain raises a number of ethical questions. This paper considers whether existing environmental ethics can provide some guidance on these questions. After a brief discussion of the appropriateness of an environmental ethics framework for the task at hand, the paper identifies a representative environmental ethic and uses it to evaluate four salient issues that emerge from nanotechnology. The discussion is intended both to give an initial theoretical take on nanotechnology from the perspective of environmental ethics and to provide a clear indication of the direction from which environmental resistance ...


Anchorage To The World, Ken-Ichi Sasaki Jan 2005

Anchorage To The World, Ken-Ichi Sasaki

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

We are anchored to the world because we are bodies. For us, the world means human society based upon nature. Nature is an essential constituent. For human being is bodily existence: social relationships are basically formed through the contact between these bodily existences, one with another, and the cultural space, that is, the city, is based on matter and surrounded by nature. Hence the possibility and the necessity of anchorage. An inanimate object is simply thrown into the sea of matter. Human bodies, on the contrary, do not only belong to this material texture in a passive way but can ...


Agriculture, Aesthetic Appreciation And The Worlds Of Nature, Pauline Von Bonsdorff Jan 2005

Agriculture, Aesthetic Appreciation And The Worlds Of Nature, Pauline Von Bonsdorff

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Agriculture has received relatively little attention in environmental aesthetics, given its importance culturally for the physical sustenance of societies and from an eco-system perspective. In this article I take some steps towards developing a life-world approach to the agricultural landscape, where the intimate and long-term relationship between farmer and land is understood as having the potential for being a norm rather than the opposite of an aesthetic appreciation of landscape. This requires a narrative understanding of landscape, where culture and nature are seen as plural and relative to each other. I claim that the aesthetic competence of the farmer is ...