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Wilderness Recognized: Environments Free from Human Control


Scotney, RJ, Wilderness Recognized: Environments Free from Human Control, Old and New World Perspectives in Environmental Philosophy: Transatlantic Conversations, Springer, Drenthen, M and Keulartz, J (ed), Switzerland, pp. 73-92. ISBN 9783319076829 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-07683-6_5


In this chapter, Robert Scotney argues for an alternative conception of wilderness to the so-called ‘received wilderness idea’. It defines wilderness as the kind of environment that is free from human control in the sense that it does not have human activity as its dominant shaping feature. Scotney agrees with Callicott and others that the received wilderness idea fails to reflect the reality of natural environments, and is even harmful in some of its applications. But he doesn’t agree with these critics that the objections raised against the received wilderness idea necessarily have to lead to the conclusion that the concept of wilderness should be abandoned altogether.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Environmental philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Scotney, RJ (Dr Robert Scotney)
ID Code:99124
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-03-13
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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