The Community of Nature and the Nature of Community

Avner de‐Shalit

in The Environment Between Theory and Practice

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240388
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599033 | DOI:
 The Community of Nature and the Nature of Community

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If community oriented thought is needed to support and justify environmental policies, what kind of community do we have in mind? The notion of a multi‐species community, suggested by many environmental philosophers, is rejected as inconsistent. The idea of localism—local human communities—also popular among environmentalists, is rejected on moral and environmental grounds. The idea of ‘collective rational reflection’ as a moral and political community is put forward.

Keywords: community; environment; environmental philosophy; localism; multi‐species community; political community

Chapter.  18514 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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