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Explores how continental philosophy can tell environmental ethics.

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Farming is thus a sort of environmental encountering of the volitional or practical kind, and one can easily see how it too can be analy ze d no etic o - noe m ati c a lly. The animal rights movement has been mentioned. It is readily conceived as a matter of volitional encountering, which is to say willing for the humane treatment of nonhuman animals and willing against humans who treat such animals badly. This is volitional or practical but it also politicnl. What makes it so? rnployed with respect to the environment, it has been contended ,rlrov(' that the environment is first of all part of the cultural world-that r',.

Making an appeal both to the etymology of a concept and to the concept of etymology, it is illuminating to note that the Welsh word usually translated as "essence" or "quintessence" is hanfod. " The first syllable, deriving perhaps from an obsolete prepositioru has the sense of descent, as in hanes, history or story, and the further sense that what the story would tell is clandestine, something concealed. This ontological notion corresponds to the phenomenological notion that to get to the truth of something is to unconceal, as suggested by the Greek a-l€theia.

Etrcyclo1tt'din Kltl wt'r Acittlt'lnic I'tr['rlish('rs, I L)L)7). (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1,992), and "Advances regarding Evaluation and Action in Husserl's ldeas ll," irt lssues in Husserl's "ldeas ll," ed. Thomas Nenon and Lester Embree (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 7996). Cf. Lester Embree, "There is no Naturalistic epoche, Reduction, and Purification," in lnterculturelle Philosophie und Phrinomenologie in lapan, ed. Tadeshi Ogawa, Michael Lazarin, and Guido Rappe (Munich: Indicum, 7998),75-84.

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