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Has the history of philosophy ruined the environment?

Attfield, Robin 1991. Has the history of philosophy ruined the environment? Environmental Ethics 13 (2) , pp. 127-137.

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I review and appraise Eugene C. Hargrove's account of the adverse impacts of Western philosophy of attitudes to the environment. Although significant qualifications have to be entered, for there are grounds to hold that philosophical traditions which have encouraged taking nature seriously are not always given their due by Hargrove, and that environmental thought can draw upon deeper roots than he allows, his verdict that history of philosophy has discouraged preservationist attitudes is substantially correct. Environmental philosophy thus has a significant (if not quite an unrivalled) role to play in the reconstruction of many of the traditional branches of philosophy, as well as in the protection of the natural world.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
D History General and Old World > DF Greece
Uncontrolled Keywords: history of philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Eugene Hargrove, Early Modern Philosophy, environmental philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, environmental ethics, Hume, empiricism, natural history, John Passmore, environmental thought
Publisher: Environmental Philosophy, Inc
ISSN: 0163-4275
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:17

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