"Re-Thinking Nature: Towards an Eco-Pluralism"

Curry, Patrick | from Multimedia Library Collection:
Environmental Values (journal)

Curry, Patrick. “Re-Thinking Nature: Towards an Eco-Pluralism.” Environmental Values 12, no. 3 (2003): 337–60. doi:10.3197/096327103129341351.

Both scientific realism and social constructionism offer unpromising and even destructive ways of trying to understand nature and human-nature relations. The reasons include what these apparent opponents share: a commitment to the (latterly) modernist division between subject/culture and object/nature that results from what is here called “monist essentialism.” It is contrasted with “relational pluralism,” which provides the basis of a better alternative—ecopluralism—which, properly understood, is necessarily both ecocentric and pluralist.

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