chapter  1
Ecological philosophy: Descartes and Spinoza
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The ‘Study of Nature’, writes the English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) in his Essay concerning Human Understanding,

… if rightly directed, may be of greater benefit to Mankind, than the Monuments of exemplary Charity, that have at so great Charge been raised, by the Founders of Hospitals and Alms-houses. He that first invented Printing; discovered the Use of the Compass; or made publick the Virtue and right Use of Kin Kina, did more for the propagation of Knowledge; for the supplying and increase of useful commodities; and saved more from the Grave, than those who built Colleges, Work-houses, and Hospitals.