What is the place of humans in the cosmos, and what are our obligations to the community of life on Earth? Environmental philosophers have long pointed to anthropocentrism, which portrays only humans as possessing mind, and Nature as mindless, as the deep source of environmental catastrophe. Freya Mathews opens her latest book with an appeal to President Xi Jinping to foster a Chinese civilisation drawing on the wisdom of its ancients. She follows with a critique of dualism and the “dissective”, atomising tendency of the west. In outlining her holistic and cosmic perspective, she asks how we can ...


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