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  • The Anthropocene! : beyond the natural? 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2017
    We are now entering the Anthropocene Epoch - so runs a recent enthusiastic claim. Humans can and ought to go beyond  the natural and powerfully engineer a better planet, managing for climate change, building new ecosystems ...
  • Rediscovering and rethinking Leopold’s Green Fire 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    Lecture given at Utah Valley University, April 4, 2013. Aldo Leopold shot a wolf a hundred years ago, the most iconic wolf kill in conservation history, a shooting now historically confirmed, which three decades he elevated ...
  • Sustainable development vs. sustainable biosphere 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2016
    In sustainability debates, there are two poles, complements yet opposites. Economy can be prioritized, with the environment contributory to economics at the center. This is sustainable development, an approach widely ...
  • Environmental ethics and environmental anthropology 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2017
    Is there a particular angle that environmental anthropology offers environmental ethics? Local peoples find that both their natural and their social systems are jeopardized by global forces, requiring concerns for environmental ...
  • Biblical wilderness--midbar, arabah and eremos 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2016
    Words translated as "wilderness" occur nearly 300 times in the Bible. A formative Hebrew memory is the years of "wandering in the wilderness," mixing experience of wild landscape, of searching for a promised land, and of ...
  • Environmental ethics for tomorrow : sustaining the biosphere 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    Sustainability is a big umbrella under which different objectives can be found, sometimes complementary but often conflicting. Do we envision sustainable development? Economic and/or of other kinds? Do we envision sustainable ...
  • Foreword 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2013
    The forty contributors to this anthology are wiser than Socrates. Life in an unexamined world is not worthy living either. They share their accounts, of living well in place, combining nature and culture, residing on ...
  • Placing, displacing, replacing the sacred : science, religion, and spirituality 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    This is a reply to a target article in this issue by Lisa Sideris, "Science as Sacred Myth? Ecospirituality in the Anthropcene Age." Lisa Sideris is right on target, concerned about scientism. Big-history-epic-of-evolution ...
  • Pipeline will degrade land that we love 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015-08-02
    A proposed natural gas pipeline running through the Valley of Virginia and Rolston's ancestral landscape raises concerns about scarring and degrading a much-loved landscape, also about the safety of a huge steel pipeline ...
  • An ecological pope challenges the Anthropocene Epoch 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    In his recent encyclical Laudatio si', On Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis is a biocentric holist, advocating "integral ecology." He fully recognizes that humans need nature as natural resources, but he limits such ...
  • The future of environmental ethics 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2011
    The environment is on the world agenda, also on the ethical frontier, for the foreseeable future. Environmental ethics is, at times, about saving things past, still present. Environmental ethics is equally about future ...
  • Nature, the genesis of value, and human understanding 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1997
    Many anthropogenic values are indeed important, but I deny that nature is otherwise value free, and recommend to humans a psychological joining (with) ongoing natural history, since there is value wherever there is positive ...
  • Environment 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2013
    Ecology portrays a web of life, interdependence, harmony, life persisting in the midst of its perpetual perishing. Such nature commands appropriate respect. Both theism and ecology find a dynamic, enduring Earth and face ...
  • Philosophy and the land ethic 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1998-08
    Environmental ethics was unknown in philosophy until the 1970's, but that was to change rapidly. Dozens of anthologies and systematic works have been published, thousands of articles, and courses are taught in several ...
  • [The moral case for saving species] 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1998
    Thirteen philosophers explain why society should give high priority to the Endangered Species Act. Several billion years worth of creative toil, several million species of teeming life, have been handed over to the care ...
  • Order and disorder in nature, science, and religion 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1993
    Astrophysics and nuclear physics are describing a universe "fine-tuned" for life, although physics has also found a universe with indeterminacy in it. Meanwhile evolutionary and molecular biology seem to be discovering ...
  • The irreversibly comatose : respect for the subhuman in human life 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1982
    In the case of the irreversibly comatose patient, though no personal consciousness remains, some moral duty is owed the remaining biological life. Such an ending to human life, if pathetic, is also both intelligible and ...
  • Ecology 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    Ecology is the logic of living creatures in their homes. Ecology mixes with ethics, an ecological (or environmental) ethics urging that humans ought to find a lifestyle more harmonious with nature. Humans have always had ...
  • Perpetual perishing, perpetual renewal 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2008
    Darwinian nature is in dialectic: conflict and resolution. Human life evolved out of such dialectical nature. If that began in Africa, it continues when humans migrate far North. Religious encounters with such nature, ...

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