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The Presence of Nature

A Study in Phenomenology and Environmental Philosophy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Simon P. James
    Pages 1-15
  3. Simon P. James
    Pages 16-37
  4. Simon P. James
    Pages 38-64
  5. Simon P. James
    Pages 65-89
  6. Simon P. James
    Pages 90-116
  7. Simon P. James
    Pages 117-147
  8. Simon P. James
    Pages 148-155
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 156-167

About this book


Are any nonhuman animals conscious? Why, if at all, should we strive to conserve natural environments? In what sense are we parts of nature? Simon James draws on a range of philosophical and literary sources to develop original answers to these and other questions, setting out a refreshingly new approach to environmental philosophy.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Durham UniversityUK

About the authors

SIMON P. JAMES has degrees in biology, history and philosophy of science and philosophy. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Durham University, UK. He is the author of Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics (2004) and, with David E. Cooper, Buddhism, Virtue and Environment (2005). 

Bibliographic information


'James's philosophical exploration of the ecophenomenological landscape opens new vistas, helping us see a way through the deep thicket of ethical challenges that we denizens of the earth now face. This is an important and provocative book, and an adventure in thinking not to be missed.' - Iain Thomson, University of New Mexico