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A Good That Transcends: How US Culture Undermines Environmental Reform

Eric T. Freyfogle


Long-simmering environmental problems originate in human actions that alter nature in ways deemed abusive or degrading. The root causes of environmental ills are thus the forces and factors that prompt people to act as they do: to misuse nature, to remain insensitive to underlying causes and resulting harms, and to resist calls for reform. Many root causes lie within modern culture, particularly in prevailing ways of seeing and valuing nature and understanding human-nature links. Beginning from various places this book probes these root causes, seeking not just the origins of land abuse bu ... More

Keywords: Aldo Leopold, conservation, cultural change, David Orr, Laudate Si', private property, root causes, tragedy of the commons, Wendell Berry, wilderness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226326085
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226326252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric T. Freyfogle, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign