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Worldliness and Respect for Nature: an Ecological Appreciation of Hannah Arendt's Conception of Culture.

Kerry H. Whiteside

Environmental Values 7(1998): 25-40. doi: 10.3197/096327198129341456

Arendt's conception of culture could supersede claims that nature's intrinsic value or human interests best ground environmental ethics. Fusing ancient Greek notions of non-instrumental value and Roman concerns for cultivating and preserving worldly surroundings, culture supplies an ethic for the treatment of nonhuman things. Unlike a system of philosophical propositions, an Arendtian ecology could only arise in public deliberation, since culture's qualitative judgements are intrinsically linked to processes of political persuasion.

KEYWORDS: Arendt, ecology, culture, politics, judgement

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The Ways That Nature Matters: The World and the Earth in the Thought of Hannah Arendt.Anne Chapman

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