Philosophy Gone Wild: Environmental Ethics

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14
Nature and Human Emotions

An Appalachian heritage coupled with life in the West is the personal backing for the argument that follows. The West and the South are landscapes so stimulating in their working on character that some will respond sympathetically, others with suspicion, as I claim that an appropriate exchange between the person and the place is part of our emotional well-being. This argument seeks to be reasoned, but if it is mixed with emotion, that too is intentional.


PASSION IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Human emotions have their richest development in a social environment, and many emotions are known only there, such as jealousy or embarrassment. But emotions have a fundamental, "native" expression before the natural world, as with the shudder when staring into the starry night, or the quickened pulse on a balmy spring day. The tears of joy at birth and those of grief at death, though interpersonal, also flow as nature gives and takes away. Goose pimples sometimes rise when persons sing, "America, the Beautiful!" The physiological reaction is to a national heritage, but also before purple mountains' majesties and the fruited plains stretched from sea to shining sea.

Emotions are humane occasions, and some slip into the belief that they only properly obtain between persons, as when disgusted with a sister. But persons do not, or ought not, to curse rocks. They may "give way" to emotions in I-Thou relations, but I-It experiences should be passionless. This view is a mistake, for our encounter with nature is as passionate as it is cognitive. This calls for an ecology of the emotions. At this point, some reply that emotions in primitive man were directed against nature in animism and superstition, but that modern persons have grown out of it. Ecology is not emotional; it is scientific.

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Reprinted by permission from Fred D. Miller, Jr., and Thomas W. Attig, eds., Understanding Human Emotions ( Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, 1979), pp. 89-96.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents 7
  • Preface 9
  • I. Ethics and Nature 11
  • 1: Is There an Ecological Ethic? 12
  • Notes 28
  • 2: Can and Ought We to Follow Nature? 30
  • 3: Philosophical Aspects of the Environment 53
  • 4: The River of Life 61
  • Ii. Values in Nature 73
  • 5: Values in Nature 74
  • Notes 89
  • 6: Are Values in Nature Subjective or Objective? 91
  • 7: Values Gone Wild 118
  • Iii. Environmental Philosophy in Practice 143
  • 8: Just Environmental Business 144
  • Introduction 144
  • References 177
  • 9: Valuing Wildlands 180
  • Iv. Nature in Experience 221
  • 11: Lake Solitude 223
  • 12: Meditation at the Precambrian Contact 233
  • 13: Farewell, Washington County 241
  • 14: Nature and Human Emotions 248
  • Subject Index 263
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