Art of noticing : an essay on contemporary ecological writing Public Deposited

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  • A number of thinkers are becoming increasingly persuaded that our anthropocentric view of nature is inadequate, that we need a "new morality" with regard to the environment. In this essay, I argue that an alternative to anthropocentricism is available to us now-and has been since at least 1836. I look at three "checkpoints" in the evolution of environmental theory as proof of this: 1) the publication of Emerson's book Nature, 2) Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac, and 3) the contemporary writing of Gretel Ehrlich, Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, and A. R. Ammons. In short, I show that all these writers describe an aesthetic basis with which we may view nature that leads to a system of ethical values. What they advocate is a "moral framework" which I call noticing. My primary thesis is that we don't need a "new morality": we need only turn to the existing one these writers describe-and acknowledge it.
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