Environmental Ontology

The idea that humans have no right to interfere with nature for any reason is not a new one by any means for Deep Ecological thought. It was and still is a pervasive thought among environmentalists whose belief is that that more for the natural environment by doing nothing given our poor track record for large scale intervention. Deep Ecology has held tightly to this principle since the early stages of the movement tying it very closing to Naess (1973, p96) who argues that an appropriate relationship with nature is “relational” adding that each life-form has “the equal right to live and blossom”. (keep reading)

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Deep Ecology – The Mislabeling of an Ontology

For nearly four decades Deep Ecology has featured prominently in Environmental Ethics as one of the key players in the movement to raise environmental consciousness and change the way people behave. But it has unfortunately been maligned as “just another holistic ecology” which seeks to make radical changes in the way humans and human culture interact with the natural environment. It has been tarred as being closely aligned with the non-anthropocentric ethics of nature which opened it to a series of “broadsides” from Murray Bookchin (1988) in the late 1980's which left the movement intellectually crippled. But the attacks launched by Bookchin center on holistic ethics and non-anthropocentrism of which Deep Ecology as it was originally conceived cites neither as being doctrinal to Deep Ecological thought (Naess 1973). (keep reading)