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A Biocultural Basis for an Ethic toward the Natural Environment

Stephen R. Kellert

in Foundations of Environmental Sustainability

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195309454
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.003.0021
 							A Biocultural Basis for an Ethic toward the Natural Environment

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This chapter addresses the contemporary environmental crisis as one that requires fundamental societal shifts of values and ethical relations to the natural world. It discusses the important and progressive changes that have occurred in perceptions of nature during the past half century, changes that have resulted in improved stewardship of aspects of the natural world. It advocates a biocultural perspective, a response that views human values and ethical relations toward the natural world as bounded by species biological requirements, but shaped and influenced by individual and cultural learning and experience.

Keywords: environmental crisis; conservation; biophilia; ethical relations; perceptions of nature

Chapter.  5888 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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