Book Project: Human and Nature
Call for Papers
Finnish Society for Practise Based Inquiry (Praba; www.praba.fi) and Häme University of Applied Sciences (www.hamk.fi) organized 17th Congress of Methodology in Hämeenlinna April 24 2018. The theme of the Congress was Human and Nature. The relationship between human and nature is very complicated.
Obviously, humans are part of the nature which does not give the essential aspects of the relationship.
The technological development made by humans changes the relationship. However, the technology does not change only the relationship between human and nature but changes also humans. Technology give to humans new skills which changes humans. At the same, technology changes nature as global warming or pollution of the nature demonstrate. Not all the changes are negative. The whole variety of nuances within the relationship between humans and nature tells us rich story in which there are several different kinds of aspects.
The relationship between humans and the technology developed by humans is extremely interesting. The relationship between humans and the technology as such is extremely complex. Tools offered by technology are not mere tools, but they have several different roles. They change relationship between humans and nature. For example, ships changed the distances between countries. However, there are different kinds of tools, like languages, cars, and factories, which changes humans, nature, and their relationship. Moreover, technology is not merely separated tools, but they constitute technosystems within which humans are. The tools changes also humans. What is relationship between humans and tools?
The relationship between humans and nature is not mediated merely by technology and by technical tools but also by culture. Culture changes humans’ understanding about the nature and hence also changes the relationship between humans and nature. Because of cultural reasons humans may think nature as mere source of satisfaction for our needs or as worthy of itself which entail changes in our use of the technological tools. However, the distinction between technology and nature is not sharp as the example of language as a tool show. Language is a tool mediating humans and external nature but, at the same, language is a cultural object. Moreover, technology is also cultural object. The Western economic-technical cultural rationality is dominating; however, could tourism be function as a step which show new kinds of cultural approaches?
In the book the intention is to characterize the relationship between human and nature. There is no fixed point of view from which the relationship should be characterized. The papers might take micro-perspective or macro-perspective. All the papers connected to the topic characterized above are very welcome.
The book follows a reviewing procedure.
The author’s fees are not paid.
The publisher of the book: will be decided later.
For detailed instructions for authors, please, look at the web pages of the Praba: www.praba.fi
For updated information about the book project, please, look at the web pages of the Praba: www.praba.fi
October 2018: Authors should send a short (100-200 words) abstract to email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2019: the first draft should be sent to email: email@example.com
March 2019-May 2019: The papers are evaluated by anonymous referees
May 2019: The feedback given by referees will be send to the authors
June 2019: Final draft of the papers should be sent to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall term 2019: Printing and publishing of the book.
Instructions for Authors
The length of the papers should be about 10-15 pages (about 35000 -40000 characters).
- Manuscripts should be submitted in Word (normal, plain front, for example, 12-times Times New Roman, doc or docx files)
2 Paragraphs are separated by one empty row.
- Endnotes can be used to give additional information. Always use endnotes instead of footnotes.
- Pictures, tables should be saved in separate files. In the text the location of the picture/table should be explicated.
- Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses.
- List of references. Some examples:
Achinstein, Peter, 1977, History and Philosophy of Science: A Reply to Cohen, in Suppe, Frederick (ed.), 1977, The Structure of Scientific Theories (Second Edition), Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, pp. 350-360.
Berger, Peter L. & Luckmann, Thomas, 1966, The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge, NY: Anchor Books
Hacking, Ian, 1999, Social Construction of What?, Cambridge: Harvard University Press
Hausman, Daniel M., 2013, Philosophy of Economics, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2013 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed)., URL = <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2013/entries/economics/> (Read 31.8.2018)
von Wright, Georg Henrik, 1962, On Promises, Theoria 28(3), pp. 277-297.