We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

“Nothing truly wild is unclean” : Muir, misanthropy, and the aesthetics of dirt.

James, Simon P. (2014) '“Nothing truly wild is unclean” : Muir, misanthropy, and the aesthetics of dirt.', Environmental ethics., 36 (3). pp. 357-363.


For John Muir, nothing truly wild is unclean. Dirtiness is the result of human influence. Muir’s view finds an echo in the works of those writers, such as Robinson Jeffers, who regard urban environments as wild places that have, over time, become increasingly polluted by human beings and their works. It is clear that such misanthropic views can be criticized on moral grounds; however, they deserve to be criticized on aesthetic grounds, too. To adapt the view of Yuriko Saito, they indicate a failure to appreciate the human world on its own terms.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Record Created:09 Feb 2016 11:20
Last Modified:10 Feb 2016 13:39

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library