Religion and Ecology: Developing a Planetary Ethic

Paperback | April 29, 2014

byWhitney A. Bauman

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Moving beyond identity politics while continuing to respect diverse entities and concerns, Whitney A. Bauman builds a planetary politics that better responds to the realities of a pluralistic world. Calling attention to the historical, political, and ecological influences shaping our understanding of nature, religion, humanity, and identity, Bauman collapses the boundaries separating male from female, biology from machine, human from more than human, and religion from science, encouraging readers to embrace hybridity and the inherent fluctuations of an open, evolving global community.

As he outlines his planetary ethic, Bauman concurrently develops an environmental ethic of movement that relies not on place but on the daily connections we make across the planet. He shows how both identity politics and environmental ethics fail to realize planetary politics and action, limited as they are by foundational modes of thought that create entire worlds out of their own logic. Introducing a postfoundational vision not rooted in the formal principles of "nature" or "God" and not based in the idea of human exceptionalism, Bauman draws on cutting-edge insights from queer, poststructural, and deconstructive theory and makes a major contribution to the study of religion, science, politics, and ecology.

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Moving beyond identity politics while continuing to respect diverse entities and concerns, Whitney A. Bauman builds a planetary politics that better responds to the realities of a pluralistic world. Calling attention to the historical, political, and ecological influences shaping our understanding of nature, religion, humanity, and id...

Whitney A. Bauman is assistant professor of religious studies and an Honors College Fellow at Florida International University. His books include Theology, Creation, and Environmental Ethics; Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology; Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology; and Voices...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231163436

ISBN - 13:9780231163439

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Emergence of Planetary Identities1. Religion and Science in Dialogue2. Destabilizing Nature: Natura Naturans, Emergence, and Evolution's Rainbow3. Destabilizing Religion: The Death of God, a Viable Agnosticism, and the Embrace of Polydoxy4. Destabilizing Identity: Beyond Identity Solipsism5. The Emergence of Ecoreligious Identities6. Developing Planetary Environmental Ethics: A Nomadic Polyamory of Place7. Challenging Human Exceptionalism: Human Becoming, Technology, Earth Others, and Planetary IdentitiesNotesGlossaryWorks CitedIndex

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Bauman's book [is] the best available book on the subject.