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Listening to the Birds: A Pragmatic Proposal for Forestry

Nicole Klenk

Environmental Values 17(2008): 331-351. doi: 10.3197/096327108X343112


Recently, natural scientists have begun to support an interpretive turn in ecology. Yet the ethical implications of interpreting nature have not been sufficiently addressed. In this essay, I use different interpretations of nature to make three distinct but related points relevant to forestry: (1) ecological narratives should be evaluated on the basis of ethical norms, (2) the choice of which interpretations of nature and ethical norms to use in environmental policy should be conducted by a process of public deliberation, and (3) scientific narratives should be denied a priori privilege over non-scientific interpretations of nature for policy purposes.


Forestry, ethics, scientific norms, interpretation, responsibility

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

The Boulder and the Sphere: Subjectivity and Implicit Values in Biology. Peter Alpert

Re-Thinking Nature: Towards an Eco-Pluralism. Patrick Curry

The Liberation of Humanity and Nature Eric Katz

Cabbages and Kings: The Ethics and Aesthetics of New Forestry Alan G. MacQuillan

Environmental Philosophy and the Public Interest: A Pragmatic Reconciliation. Ben A. Minteer

Pragmatism, Adaptive Management, and Sustainability. Bryan G. Norton

The Silence of Nature. Steven Vogel

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