Translator’s Introduction :
“Self, Nature, and Cultural Values” authored by Md. Munir Hossain Talukder was first published in January 2010 from Romania as a journal article in the second volume of CULTURA: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology. Soon after the publication, an Italian poet translated it into Italian as UNA NUOVA “FILOSOFIA” AMBIENTALE Occorre ripensare il rapporto fra se e natura basandosi su valori culturali comuni [A New Environmental “Philosophy”]. Then it was published in Italian cultural journal PROMETEO by renowned publisher Mondadori, Milan, Italy in 2012. In 2015, this article was extensively cited in a thesis named as “Resilient landscape, resilient culture”. This was a part of master’s program in Sustainable Urban Planning at Blekinge Institute of technology, Karlscrona in Sweden. Later an abstract of this article translated into Turkish has been published. In 2018, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK published a book of this author named as Nature and Life: Essays on Deep Ecology and Applied Ethics. The article has been incorporated as third chapter in this book. Self, environment, nature, culture as well as the deeper realization of the interrelation between human and life placed the author in the array of the famous contemporary philosophers. Having recognized Professor Munir as an environmental philosopher, a deep ecologist and a cultural theorist, International academic arena cordially received his outstanding contribution. As it is reflected in the preface of that book Emeritus Professor Holmes Rolston III’s statement, “Munir Talukder is an environmental philosopher in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is commonly regarded as one of the lesser developing nations, with many in poverty, so those of us in the developed West might not expect an environmental philosopher from that nation to be a deep ecologist. Munir Talukder comes as something of a surprise. But here he is” (preface, p.vii, 2018). It is worth noting here that Rolston III is often called the father of environmental philosophy and ethics. On another important concern, author’s keen observation regarding multiculturalism has compelled him to be concerned about the people and culture living beyond the state-ascertained geographic boundary. This in turn led him to propose his theory “Geo-Cultural Identity” as a solution to the limitations of multiculturalism. Meanwhile, this theory has been established as a distinct research field both in the East and the West. In 2015, the theory became the basis for a Ph.D. in the study of music from Laval University, Canada, under the title of ‘Country Music’s “Hurtin’ Albertan”: Corb Lund and the Construction of “Geo-Cultural” Identity’. Given the fact that it is a fortune for Bangladesh that her womb conceives such scholar and philosopher like a few others whose contribution sparkles the light globally, I feel that the national need for, and interest in, the translation of these works published in foreign languages into our beloved mother language, is pressing. Therefore, this translation is an attempt to fulfill the national expectation within my ability. Of course, forgiveness is requested humbly for any unintentional errors made in this translation.