Book: Fittingness and Environmental ethics: philosophical, theological and applied perspectives

Just out with Routledge, edited by Michael S. Northcott and Steven C. van den Heuvel and partly based on the presentations of this ETF-ILSE conference. It contains my ‘On the Ethics and Metaphysics of Fittingness, Affordances and Providence’.

Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Contribuotrs



Michael S. Northcott and Steven C. van den Heuvel

Part I Metaphysics and Aesthetics

1 Fittingness and Other-Regarding Attitudes in Environmental Aesthetics

Emily Brady

2 Commonage Consciousness and Fitting in with the Earth: John Moriarty and Deep Ecology

Nora Ward

3 On the Ethics and Metaphysics of Fittingness, Affordances and Providence

Michael Bauwens

4 Fittingness and Environmental Ethics: Perspectives from Chinese Religion and Philosophy

JunSoo ParkPart II Theological Perspectives on Fittingness

5 The Ontological Turn, Religious Tradition, and Human Cosmological Fittingness

Michael S. Northcott

6 Fittingness and the Spiritual-Religious Nature of Environmentalism

Johan de Tavernier

7 Fittingness as Attunement? Being Ecological with Timothy Morton and Hans Urs von Balthasar

Yves de Maeseneer

8 Anselm on Fittingness: Various Concepts of Fittingness in the Cur Deus homo

Rostislav TkachenkoPart III Practical Applications

9 Fittingness as a Dynamic of Social Interaction: Implications for Embedding Ecological Concerns in Community Life and Practice

Jack Barentsen

10 When ‘Fitting in’ means to ‘Care’: Proposing a Form-of-Life for Environmental Care

Emilio di Somma

11 Representation as Isolation: The Unfittingness of Waste

Gregory Jensen

12 The Challenge and Promise of Queer Ecology for Understanding ‘Fittingness’: A Theological Engagement

Steven C. van den Heuvel


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