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Our Oldest Task: Making Sense of Our Place in Nature

Eric T. Freyfogle


Our environmental ills are due to the ways we interact with nature, variously using it appropriately and abusing it. These interactions, in turn, are much influenced by—their root causes are found in--modern culture, particularly how we see and value nature and our place in it. This book takes on the ambitious task of making sense, literally, of our place in nature, thereby assisting in what conservationist Aldo Leopold termed “our oldest task”—to live in nature without degrading it. The book addresses the topic in its fullness, in a way few scholars have attempted. Drawing as much on history, ... More

Keywords: conservation, cultural reform, environmental philosophy, environmental studies, epistemology, liberal individualism, metaphysics, new economy, sources of normativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226326399
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226326429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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