The Ideal of Nature: Debates about Biotechnology and the Environment

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Going back at least to the writings of John Stuart Mill and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, people have argued for and against maintaining a state of nature. Is there an inherent virtue in leaving alone a naturally occurring condition, or does the human species thrive when we find ways to improve our circumstances? This volume probes whether "nature" and "the natural" are capable of guiding moral deliberations in policy making. Drawing on philosophy, religion, and political science, this book examines three questions central to ...

The Ideal of Nature: Debates about Biotechnology and the Environment 2011, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

ISBN-13: 9780801898884

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