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Subject/Keyword
Val Plumwood
J. Baird Callicott
Eric Katz
wilderness
Holmes Rolston III
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Woodrooffe, Daphne Sophia
Supervisor and department
Taylor, Chloe (Philosophy)
Welchman, Jennifer (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Welchman, Jennifer (Philosophy)
Taylor, Chloe (Philosophy)
Dalal, Neil (Philosophy)
Kowalsky, Nathan (St. Joseph's College)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-25T16:33:42Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
First and foremost, this work offers a critical review of recent influential environmental theorists’ efforts to construct and defend normatively significant accounts of wilderness. As such, this work focuses on the definitions provided by environmental philosophers Eric Katz, Holmes Rolston III, J. Baird Callicott, Steven Vogel, and Val Plumwood. I suggest that insofar as Katz and Rolston rely on the problematically construed human-nature dichotomy, their definitions and moral arguments for the preservation of wilderness fail. While J. Baird Callicott’s definition provides an accurate account of wilderness, his ethical framework limits its normative force. Since Val Plumwood does not rely on the human-nature dichotomy, nor does she attempt to assign intrinsic value to wilderness and wild entities, her approach is the most successful.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3ST55
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License granted by Sophie Woodrooffe (woodroof@ualberta.ca) on 2011-08-23T15:35:40Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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