Conceptualizing Human Admiration for Nature in Human-impacted Environments

By Jane McQuitty.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Western admiration of nature in human-inhabited environments is historically different from admiration of nature in wilderness environments. This paper looks at the history of admiration and argues that the split is now a hindrance rather than help in moving forward to a unified conception of nature’s relationship to humanity. In its place I argue for human-impacted environments as ethical stakeholders using models of communication that suggest nature might have systemic and active abilities to elicit human admiration.

Keywords: Nature, Ethics, Human-inhabited Environments, Preservation, Conservation

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 12, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 4, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 670.342KB)).

Jane McQuitty

Doctoral Student, Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada