The Greening of Heart and Mind: A Love Story

Environmental Ethics 31 (2):155-168 (2009)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Some environmentalists have argued that an effective ecological conscience may be rooted in a perspective that is either anthropocentric or sentiocentric. But, neither seems to have had any substantial effect on the ways in which our species treats nature. In looking to successfully awaken the ecological conscience, the focus should be on extending moral consideration to the land (wherein doing so includes all of the soils, waters, plants, animals, and the collectivity of which these things comprise) by means of coming to love the land. Coming to love the land involves coming to view the land’s interests as our own—and, conferring upon the land a kind of moral patient-hood. In order to perceive the land’s “subjectivity,” and so, to come to love the land, we must relearn the way to look at the land by viewing its personality through the lens of he or she who can already do so, i.e., the nature writer
Categories
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
0163-4275
PhilPapers/Archive ID
BRITGO
Revision history
Archival date: 2010-08-05
View upload history
References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2010-08-05

Total views
489 ( #7,720 of 47,413 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
67 ( #10,408 of 47,413 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.