Nourishing Life – Chinese Environmental Wisdom and Practices

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Alicja Dłużewicz


Increasingly recognized threats from climate change and the progressive sixth mass extinction require not only searching for new technological solutions, but also changing the perception of the world and the beings living in it. There is an urgent need to include individual practices; practices that are an integral part of integrated policies to protect habitats, the climate, and the homo sapiens itself. Eric S. Nelson, in his latest book Daoism and Environmental Philosophy. Nourishing Life introduces the reader to the environmental approach known to Chinese communities for centuries. In a comprehensive and accurate manner, the author presents the Chinese approach to life and development, the understanding and interpretation of which has changed over the centuries, invariably emphasizing man’s belonging to the world of nature. This review introduces the author’s assumptions presented in the book, combining them with relatively new thoughts and paradigms appearing in the 20th and 21st centuries in Western Europe and the United States.


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Dłużewicz, A. (2020). Nourishing Life – Chinese Environmental Wisdom and Practices. ETHICS IN PROGRESS, 11(2), 66-69.
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Alicja Dłużewicz, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Alicja Dłużewicz is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Her research interests include animal rights, non-human cognition in animals, contemporary approaches to the issues undertaken by Michael Foucault, especially the issue of power generated by the production of knowledge. In her research she is especially focused on human-animal relations, taking into account the influence of anthropogenic factors on the behaviour of non-human animals.


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