ERIC Number: EJ865855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
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Reference Count: 43
How Can Science Help Us Care for Nature? Hermeneutics, Fragility, and Responsibility for the Earth
Joldersma, Clarence W.
Educational Theory, v59 n4 p465-483 Nov 2009
In this review essay, Clarence Joldersma argues for a novel role for science in developing an affirmative answer to his title question, "How can science help us care for nature?" He does so in dialogue with Clare Palmer's edited volume, "Teaching Environmental Ethics," Dirk Postma's "Why Care for Nature?" and Michael Bonnett's "Retrieving Nature." Joldersma suggests that although each book can help address the issue of how to teach students to care for nature, he parts company with their stance that we must go beyond science to develop a metaphysics of nature adequate to the task. Relying on the same Heideggerian framework as Postma and Bonnett, Joldersma comes to a different assessment of the role of science. He does so by arguing for a hermeneutic understanding of science as social practice and by claiming that science so construed can disclose the planet as earth (in the later Heidegger's sense), for which we owe thanks. This disclosure reveals earth as that which is fragile and for which we are responsible.
Descriptors: Ethics, Physical Environment, Environmental Education, Ethical Instruction, Book Reviews, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Social Responsibility, Hermeneutics, Science and Society, Sciences
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