Nature and environment

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Balthrop-Lewis, Alda. (2021). Nature and environment. In In Lovin, Robin and Mauldin, Joshua (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of Reinhold Niebuhr pp. 485-499 Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198813569.013.30
AuthorsBalthrop-Lewis, Alda
EditorsLovin, Robin and Mauldin, Joshua
Abstract

This chapter treats Reinhold Niebuhr’s thought on nature and environment in an effort to evaluate its utility for contemporary environmental politics and ethics. Like a small but growing group of Niebuhrian environmental ethicists, the chapter finds in Niebuhr’s thought both peril and promise. Niebuhr’s anthropological focus leaves him inattentive to the ethical status of the more-than-human world, the intrinsic value of which is a premise for much contemporary environmental ethics and politics. Nonetheless, Niebuhr’s insistence on the social nature of sin and the exigencies of democratic political power should have a more central place in contemporary thinking about the politics of nature and environment. The chapter makes this argument by way of attention to a few themes in Niebuhr’s thought, primarily nuclear science, nature, and industry.

KeywordsAldo Leopold; ecology; environmental ethics; economic justice; industry; nuclear politics; individualism
Page range485-499
Year2021
Book titleThe Oxford handbook of Reinhold Niebuhr
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of publicationOxford
ISBN9780198813569
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198813569.013.30
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