The Depth of Margaret Cavendish's Ecology

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Abstract

This paper examines Margaret Cavendish’s ecological views and argues that, in the Appendix to her final published work, Grounds of Natural Philosophy (1668), Cavendish is defending a normative account of the way that humans ought to interact with their environment. On this basis, we argue that Cavendish is committed to a form of what, for the purposes of this paper, we will call ‘deep ecology,’ where that is understood as the view that humans ought to treat the rest of nature as something of intrinsic value.

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Peter West
Northeastern University London
Manuel Fasko
University of Basel

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