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By Dale Jamieson

A spouse to Environmental Philosophy is a pioneering paintings within the burgeoning box of environmental philosophy. This ground-breaking quantity includes thirty-six unique articles exemplifying the wealthy variety of scholarship during this box.

* comprises thirty-six unique articles, written through foreign students.
* strains the roots of environmental philosophy during the exploration of cultural traditions from around the globe.
* Brings environmental philosophy into dialog with different fields and disciplines similar to literature, economics, ecology, and legislations.
* Discusses environmental difficulties that stimulate present debates.

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In that connection, Xunzi advocates a ``division of labor'' approach, setting out the boundaries of each sphere: Heaven has its seasons, Earth has its wealth, and man has his government. This is how they are able to form a triad. To neglect (human actions) which constitute man's part in the triad and put one's hope in those with which he forms a triad is indeed a mistake . . The fixed stars rotate in succession, the sun and moon shine alternately, the four seasons follow one another, yin and yang effect their great transformations .

The material force was transformed to be form, form was transformed to become life, and now birth has transformed to become death. This is like the rotation of the four seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter . . Man again goes back into the originative process of Nature. All things come from the originative process of Nature and return to the originative process of Nature. In this chapter, Zhuangzi's sorrow over the death of his wife is mediated by his ability to move beyond what is seen as the excessive value placed on human life by human beings.

This is articulated in terms of Daoist counter-values such as nonassertiveness, weakness, and spontaneity; dao is sometimes presented as a principle of spontaneity, modeled according to the natural (zhiran) (Laozi, sections 17, 25; cf. Schwartz 1985, pp. 203ff). For the Daoist sage to act in a manner in accord with zhiran is for him not to create and facilitate, and perhaps to demolish, man-made, artificial norms, values, and institutions which, when superimposed on to human lives, forcibly alienate human beings both from other human beings and from their natural context (Laozi, sections 2, 28, 30, 32; see Chan 1961).

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