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Environmental Values and Human Purposes

Ted Benton

Environmental Values 17(2008): 201-220. doi: 10.3197/096327108X303855


Some writings by Alan Holland provide the starting point for an exploration of sources of environmental value in human social practices. It is argued that many practices both serve human purposes and also provide a setting for the emergence of environmental value. Such practices are ones in which activity is embedded in, and so both strongly constrained and enabled by, its conditions and media. Capitalist 'modernisation' has tended to erode these practices and associated values in favour of external purposes and instrumental values, especially in the farmed countryside. In the face of this, and partly on grounds of social justice, a re-valuation of urban open spaces is advocated.


Habitats, nature, sustainability, intrinsic value

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

What We Owe the Romantics. Lewis P. Hinchman and Sandra K. Hinchman

Editorial: Beauty and the Bees. John O'Neill

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Social Practice and the Evolution of Personal Environmental Values. Sarah Hards

The Positioned Construction of Water Values: Pluralism, Positionality and Praxis. Antonio A.R. Ioris

Environmental Stewardship, Moral Psychology and Gardens. Marcello di Paola

Addressing Needs in the Search for Sustainable Development: A Proposal for Needs-Based Scenario Building. Catherine Jolibert, Jouni Paavola and Felix Rauschmeyer

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