Human-Environment Relations

Transformative Values in Theory and Practice

  • Emily Brady
  • Pauline Phemister

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Transformative Values in Theory

  3. Transformative Values in Practice

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 163-165

About this book


This fresh and innovative approach to human-environmental relations will revolutionise our understanding of the boundaries between ourselves and the environment we inhabit. The anthology is predicated on the notion that values shift back and forth between humans and the world around them in an ethical communicative zone called ‘value-space’. The contributors examine the transformative interplay between external environments and human values, and identify concrete ways in which these norms, residing in and derived from self and society, are projected onto the environment.


The authors represent a richly diverse range of disciplines, including philosophy, theology, human geography, literature and the arts, each addressing the interwoven nature of human-environment relations and exploring the subject through abstract theory and concrete applications alike. The work includes specific and practical contexts such as climate change and community gardening as well as less tangible aspects of our complex yet interdependent connection with the world around us. As a critical interrogation of human-nature separations, this book seeks to reintegrate the two. It will interest academics and practitioners working in philosophy, environmental studies, the environmental social sciences, and the arts.


environment ethics human-Environment Relations metaphysics values

Editors and affiliations

  • Emily Brady
    • 1
  • Pauline Phemister
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Edinburgh, UK, School of GeosciencesInstitute of GeographyEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Dept. PhilosophyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom

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