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Confirming the Spiritual Value of Wilderness


Ashley, PL, Confirming the Spiritual Value of Wilderness, International Journal of Wilderness, 18, (1) pp. 4-8. ISSN 1086-5519 (2012) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Recognition of the spiritual dimension of wilderness has a long history, especially in the last 150 years or so. Following in the footsteps of the Romantics were a number of authors in the United States such as transcendentalists Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) and John Muir (1838–1914). Both Thoreau and Muir were among the early naturalists and pioneers of environmentalism in that country who recognized that experience of nature could cause spiritual revelation, Thoreau’s and Muir’s writings becoming "something of a bible for the spiritual side of environmentalism," – at least in North America (Timmerman 2000, p. 362). Other prominent wilderness writers such as Wallace Stegner and Sigurd Olson have also extolled the spiritual benefits of the wilderness experience (Hendee and Dawson 2002).

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Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Social and Cultural Geography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Other Environment
Objective Field:Environment not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ashley, PL (Dr Peter Ashley)
ID Code:81148
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2012-11-23
Last Modified:2012-11-23
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