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Finding - and failing to find - meaning in nature.

James, Simon P. (2013) 'Finding - and failing to find - meaning in nature.', Environmental values., 22 (5). pp. 609-625.


This paper is about how we should evaluate our tendencies to find - or fail to find - different meanings in the natural world. It has three aims: (1) to show that some virtues and vices can be exhibited in our tendencies to find or to overlook the meanings of natural things, even if it is unclear whether any can only be exhibited in our relations with such things; (2) to categorise some of the relevant virtues and vices; and (3) to refute the objection that meaning-focused approaches to environmental philosophy, of the sort adopted by writers such as Alan Holland and myself, cannot adequately account for nature's independence from human concerns.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Nature, Virtue theory, Meaning, Anthropocentrism, Aesthetics.
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Publisher statement:© 2013 The White Horse Press. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted following peer review for publication in Environmental values, 22(5), 609-625. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online, doi: 10.3197/096327113X13745164553833
Date accepted:23 May 2012
Date deposited:04 February 2016
Date of first online publication:October 2013
Date first made open access:No date available

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