Synopses & Reviews
A work of environmental ethics that looks at how "otherkind"-and humankind-contributes to our moral imagination.
Moral Habitat explores how our moral imaginations and moral norms have been shaped by and even cocreated with Earth in diverse biotic communities. Weaving together science and religion with indigenous and womanist traditions, Nancie Erhard uses examples from a variety of sources, including post-Cartesian science, the Old Testament, and the Mikmaq tribe of Eastern Canada. She demonstrates how each portrays the agency including the moral agency of the natural world. From this cross-cultural approach, she recasts the question of how we conceive of humans as moral agents. While written for the sake of Earth, this thought-provoking book goes well beyond the issue of ecology to show the contribution that such an approach can make to pluralist ethics on a range of timely social issues."