Conceptualizing Human Admiration for Nature in Human-impacted Environments

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  • Title: Conceptualizing Human Admiration for Nature in Human-impacted Environments
  • Author(s): Jane McQuitty
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: On Sustainability
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context
  • Keywords: Nature, Ethics, Human-inhabited Environments, Preservation, Conservation
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2325-1115 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2325-114X (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1115/CGP/v12i03/1-8
  • Citation: McQuitty, Jane. 2016. "Conceptualizing Human Admiration for Nature in Human-impacted Environments." The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context 12 (3): 1-8. doi:10.18848/2325-1115/CGP/v12i03/1-8.
  • Extent: 8 pages

Abstract

Western admiration of nature in human-inhabited environments is historically different from admiration of nature in wilderness environments. This paper looks at the history of admiration and argues that the split is now a hindrance rather than help in moving forward to a unified conception of nature’s relationship to humanity. In its place I argue for human-impacted environments as ethical stakeholders using models of communication that suggest nature might have systemic and active abilities to elicit human admiration.