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The End of Nature and the Last Human? Thinking Theologically about “Nature” in a Postnatural Condition

Peter Manley Scott

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/9780823230693.003.0016
The End of Nature and the Last Human? Thinking Theologically               about “Nature” in a Postnatural Condition

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This chapter argues that our present situation is postnatural and affirms both the haveability and unruliness of nature. It makes this case as part of a larger theological argument: that modernity has wrestled with how to understand nonhuman nature and how that nonhuman nature relates to the human. In refusing the description “without nature,” it accepts a double obligation: (1) to offer an elaboration of this postnatural condition; and (2) to work out what is morally normative in our postnaturality. This is an old struggle but also—and this is new—a matter of our present survival.

Keywords: postnaturality; nature; modernity; nonhuman nature; without nature

Chapter.  8843 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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