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Nature, Change, and Justice

Lisa Sowle Cahill

in Without Nature?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230693.003.0013
Nature, Change, and Justice

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This chapter proposes that nature is “polyvalent,” particularly as it simultaneously delineates that which is and that which ought to be. Nature designates not only physical structures but also social and psychological structures. Rather than depend on the fixity of human nature, the chapter insists on the possible sanctification of nature, an ethical hope that human natures can grow collectively more just. Theology's new condition is not being without nature but appropriating our moral nature in interdependence with a global community. Situating ourselves in relation to the world community and understanding the self in that social and political context suggests that the proper—even “natural”—human function is an ethic of care for those who are disadvantaged.

Keywords: nature; human nature; moral nature; self

Chapter.  8841 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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