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The Moral Authority of Nature

Lorraine Daston and Fernando Vidal


For thousands of years, people have used nature to justify their political, moral, and social judgments. Such appeals to the moral authority of nature are still very much with us today, as heated debates over genetically modified organisms and human cloning testify. This book offers a wide-ranging account of how people have used nature to think about what counts as good, beautiful, just, or valuable. The eighteen chapters cover a diverse array of topics, including the connection of cosmic and human orders in ancient Greece, medieval notions of sexual disorder, early modern contexts for categor ... More

Keywords: political judgments, moral judgments, social judgments, moral authority, nature, genetic modification, human cloning, radical feminism, sexual disorder, ecological economics

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226136806
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226136820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorraine Daston, editor

Fernando Vidal, editor

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