chapter  2
25 Pages

Nourishing life, cultivating nature, and environmental philosophy

ByEric S. Nelson

Life and nature transpire just as they are of their own accord. This raises questions of what sorts of relations humans should have with this happening: how should one regard the functioning of the life that one is? The second chapter outlines examples, models, and strategies of nurturing life and cultivating nature in the Daodejing, the Zhuangzi, and related sources to examine their potential significance for responding to contemporary environmental crises and developing an ecologically-oriented ethos and culture of nature.