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Rethinking Nature: Public Visions in the Netherlands

Riyan J.G. van den Born

Environmental Values 17(2008): 83-109. doi: 10.3197/096327108X271969


This study addresses two questions: (1) what visions of nature do lay people subscribe to? (2) to what extent do these visions reflect those of professional philosophers? Four philosophical images of the human-nature relationship were discussed with respondents; Master, Steward, Partner and Participant. Respondents recognise these images, but prefer to construct their own. Elements of their images are (1) that humans are part of nature, but (2) that they are responsible for nature as well. This study indicates that empirical philosophy can contribute to the further development of environmental philosophy. Through an empirical turn we can discover people's own voice.


Visions of nature, attitudes towards nature, values of nature, environmental philosophy, qualitative research, Netherlands

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

The Pragmatic Power and Promise of Theoretical Environmental Ethics: Forging a New Discourse J. Baird Callicott

The Value of Nature's Otherness Simon A. Hailwood

Humans Valuing Nature: Synthesising Insights from Philosophy, Psychology and Economics. Michael Lockwood

Intrinsic Value: A Modern Albatross for the Ecological Approach. Bruce Morito

In Search of Value Literacy: Suggestions for the Elicitation of Environmental Values Theresa Satterfield

Nature, Purity, Ontology Piers H.G. Stephens

Introduction: Nature, Environmental Ethics, and Continental Philosophy. Alison Stone

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Visions of Nature in Eastern Europe: A Polish Example. Agnieszka D. Hunka, Wouter T. de Groot and Adam Biela

What Lies Beneath the Surface? A Case Study of Citizens' Moral Reasoning with Regard to Biodiversity. Maria Ojala and Rolf Lidskog

Human-Nature Relationships and Linkages to Environmental Behaviour. Michael Thomas Braito, Kerstin Böck, Courtney Flint, Andreas Muhar, Susanne Muhar, Marianne Penker

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