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The trouble with environmental values.

James, Simon P. (2016) 'The trouble with environmental values.', Environmental values., 25 (2). pp. 131-144.


If we are to assess whether our attitudes towards nature are morally, aesthetically or in any other way appropriate or inappropriate, then we will need to know what those attitudes are. Drawing on the works of Katie McShane, Alan Holland and Christine Swanton, I challenge the common assumption that to love, respect, honour, cherish or adopt any other sort of pro-attitude towards any natural X simply is to value X in some way and to some degree. Depending on how one interprets ‘value’, that assumption is, I contend, either false or vacuous. I argue that to assess the appropriateness of a person’s pro-attitudes towards a natural entity one must in some cases appeal to the concepts of status and/or bond, and not just that of value. To develop my argument, I appeal to the works of two nature writers – Robert Macfarlane and J. A. Baker.

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Publisher statement:© 2014 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, 25, 131-144. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online, doi: 10.3197/096327116X14552114338747.
Date accepted:28 October 2014
Date deposited:04 February 2016
Date of first online publication:01 April 2016
Date first made open access:No date available

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