Indigenous Environmental Philosophy

Workineh Kelbessa

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Indigenous Environmental Philosophy


This article provides an introduction to indigenous environmental philosophy. The rubric of “environmental philosophy” includes most prominently environmental ethics, but also environmental aesthetics, ecojustice, and certain kinds of explorations of epistemology; metaphysics and ontology; language; architecture, place, and dwelling; philosophy of science and technology; political theory and political action; global justice; economics; education; theology and religion; animal ethics and animal studies; agriculture; tourism and travel; and so forth. Indeed, virtually every aspect of human culture is now being studied in its relation to the more-than-human world, and philosophers are reflecting on these relations.

Keywords: indigenous philosophy; environmental philosophy; environmental ethics; environmental aesthetics; epistemology; metaphysics; ontology

Article.  3490 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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