This volume focuses on ‘fittingness’ as an ethical-aesthetical idea, and in particular examines how the concept is beneficial for environmental ethics. It brings together an innovative set of contributions to argue that fittingness is a significant but under-investigated facet of human ethical deliberation with both ethical and aesthetic dimensions. In widely diverse matters – from architecture to table manners – individuals and communities make decisions based on ‘fittingness’, also expressed in related terms, such as appropriateness, prudence, temperance, and mutuality. In the realm of environmental ethics, fittingness denotes a relation between conscious embodied persons and their habitats and is of relevance to judgements about how humans shape, and take up with, the non-human environment, and hence to ethical decisions about the development and use of the environment and non-human creatures. As such, fittingness can be of great benefit in reframing human relationships to the non-human, stimulating a way of living in the world that is fitting to the preservation of its fruitfulness, goodness, beauty, and truth.

chapter |14 pages


ByMichael S. Northcott, Steven C. van den Heuvel

part I|61 pages

Metaphysics and Aesthetics

chapter 2|17 pages

Commonage Consciousness and Fitting in with the Earth

John Moriarty and Deep Ecology
ByNora Ward

chapter 4|13 pages

Fittingness and Environmental Ethics

Perspectives from Chinese Religion and Philosophy
ByJunSoo Park

part II|74 pages

Theological Perspectives on Fittingness

chapter 5|21 pages

The Ontological Turn, Religious Tradition, and Human Cosmological Fittingness

ByMichael S. Northcott

chapter 6|16 pages

Fittingness and the Spiritual-Religious Nature of Environmentalism

ByJohan De Tavernier

chapter 8|18 pages

Anselm on Fittingness

Varying Concepts of Fittingness in the Cur Deus homo
ByRostislav Tkachenko

part III|65 pages

Practical Applications

chapter 9|14 pages

Fittingness as a Dynamic of Social Interaction

Implications for Embedding Ecological Concerns in Community Life and Practice
ByJack Barentsen

chapter 10|16 pages

When ‘Fitting in’ Means to ‘Care’

Proposing a Form-of-Life for Environmental Care
ByEmilio di Somma

chapter 11|16 pages

Representation as Isolation

The Unfittingness of Waste
ByGregory Jensen

chapter 12|17 pages

The Challenge and Promise of Queer Ecology for Understanding ‘Fittingness’

A Theological Engagement
BySteven C. van den Heuvel