I To my knowledge all metaphysical systems that have held cultural weight are either dualistic or monistic. I count animist / polytheist systems among the monist metaphysics, since all (again, to my knowledge) eventually reduce to a supreme deity (e.g., The Great Spirit, Atman, etc.). On the latter point see Radin’s Primitive Man as Philosopher. […]
“‘As it happened to me,’ he tells himself, ‘so must it happen to everyone in whom a task wants to take form and ‘come into the world.’” — Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human I will not post for a while, going into isolation again for a period of intense study. I see clearly now how I can […]
Editor’s Note: Originally published on The Dark Glory. The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. […]
Editor’s Note: This is an old article from the journal Conservation Biology, so some of the content is historically contextual. However, some of the main insights are directly relevant to the Wild Will Coalition‘s attempts to outline the overlap between conservation and philosophical conservatism. Note, though, that where David Orr tries to sketch an overlapping sphere between […]
Where Do Values Come From? If the problem is the value of nature, the first question we face is the nature of values. In philosophy, the most compelling answer to this question comes from Hume; in the sciences, from sociobiology. Neither are necessarily incompatible with each other, and in most ways they are entirely compatible […]
Photo by Nathan Ward. Link to PDF version of article. Abstract Evidence that our industrial society, built on agricultural subsistence, is inherently ecologically destructive underlines the value in identifying which, if any, past human subsistence approaches have been ecologically benign. The traditional land management practiced by some hunter-gatherers is touted by some as a model […]
Editor’s Note: This article is republished with permission from Ehrenfeld, D. (2014). The fable of managed earth. In G Wuerthner, E. Crist, & T. Butler (Eds.), Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth (pp. 85-108). The Foundation for Deep Ecology. We must judge with more reverence the infinite power of nature, and with more […]
Editor’s Note: Issue #3 of The Wildernist is an attempt to outline the necessity of a purist defense of wild Nature. Below, a dedicated and passionate conservationist, Harvey Locke from the WILD Foundation, outlines a new trend in the conservation movement that demands that half of the earth be set aside for wildlife, the other […]
Gorrion not only fails to say anything new, he presents weaker arguments for what has already been said, largely by the ‘believers in Science’ who he targets in his critique.
Matt Candeias from ‘In Defense of Plants’ argues that plants should be regarded for more than just their anthropocentric uses.