Jamieson, Dale, "Ecosystem Health: Some Preventive Medicine"

Jamieson, Dale. “Ecosystem Health: Some Preventive Medicine.” Environmental Values 4, no. 4 (1995): 333–44. doi:10.3197/096327195776679411.

Some ecologists, philosophers, and policy analysts believe that ecosystem health can be defined in a rigorous way and employed as a management goal in environmental policy. The idea of ecosystem health may have something to recommend it as part of a rhetorical strategy, but I am dubious about its utility as a technical term in environmental policy. I develop several objections to this latest version of scientism in environmental policy, and conclude that our environmental problems fundamentally involve problems in our institutions of governance, our systems of value, and our ways of knowing. These are the problems that most need to be addressed. (Source: The White Horse Press)

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