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Environmental Sciences / Ethics / Natural History
The Rights of Nature
A History of Environmental Ethics
Roderick Frazier Nash
History of American Thought and Culture
Charting the history of contemporary philosophical and religious beliefs regarding nature, Roderick Nash focuses primarily on changing attitudes toward nature in the United States. His work is the first comprehensive history of the concept that nature has rights and that American liberalism has, in effect, been extended to the nonhuman world.
"A splendid book. Roderick Nash has written another classic. This exploration of a new dimension in environmental ethics is both illuminating and overdue."
"His account makes history 'come alive.'"Sierra
"So smoothly written that one almost does not notice the breadth of scholarship that went into this original and important work of environmental history."
Philip Shabecoff, New York Times Book Review
"Clarifying and challenging, this is an essential text for deep ecologists and ecophilosophers."Stephanie Mills, Utne Reader
Roderick Nash is professor of history and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the author of nine books.
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