New Visions of Nature

Complexity and Authenticity

  • Martin A. M. Drenthen
  • F.W. Jozef Keulartz
  • James Proctor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martin Drenthen, Jozef Keulartz, James Proctor
      Pages 3-18
  3. Public Visions of Nature

  4. The Genomics View of Nature

  5. Philosophy of Landscape and Place

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. J.A.A. Swart
      Pages 197-203
    3. C.S.A. (Kris) van Koppen
      Pages 229-236
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Catherine L. Newell, Michael A. Osborne
      Pages 267-278
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-285

About this book


Contemporary visions of nature have been deeply affected by the ongoing interaction and interpenetration of science, nature, and society. These new visions appear to be more complex than older visions of nature and at the same time they seem to challenge our notions of authenticity.

"New Visions of Nature" focuses on the emergence of these new visions of complex nature in three domains. The first selection of essays reflects public visions of nature, that is, nature as it is experienced, encountered, and instrumentalized by diverse publics.  The second selection zooms in on micro nature and explores the world of contemporary genomics. The final section returns to the macro world and discusses the ethics of place in present-day landscape philosophy and environmental ethics.

The contributions to this volume explore perceptual and conceptual boundaries between the human and the natural, or between an ‘out there’ and ‘in here.’ They attempt to specify how nature has been publicly and genomically constructed, known and described through metaphors and re-envisioned in terms of landscape and place. By parsing out and rendering explicit these divergent views, the volume asks for a re-thinking of our relationship with nature.


Translation authenticity biology complexity genomics view of nature philosophy of landscape and place public visions of nature

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin A. M. Drenthen
    • 1
  • F.W. Jozef Keulartz
    • 2
  • James Proctor
    • 3
  1. 1.Fac. ScienceRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenNetherlands
  2. 2.Dept. Social SciencesUniversity of WageningenWageningenNetherlands
  3. 3.Environmental Studies ProgramLewis & Clark CollegePortlandU.S.A.

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