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Title: Devall and Sessions' discussion of nature : the role of romanticism in their deep ecology
Author: Mitchell, Harriet Emma Victoria.
Awarding Body: University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Current Institution: Northumbria University
Date of Award: 2002
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This PhD looks at the way Devall and Sessions discuss nature in two of their books, Deep Ecology: living as ifnature mattered and Simple in Means Rich in Ends. This task is important for two reasons. First, nature is a core concept in environmental literature. Second, failure to clearly understand how writers use key concepts means their arguments are often misunderstood and misrepresented. Devall and Sessions were chosen because they are well known, if sometimes controversial, environmental writers; because they exemplify an important strand of environmental philosophy known as deep ecology; and because their work highlights the role nature plays in environmental thought generally. I will argue in this thesis that Devall and Sessions draw on certain ideas within romanticism and science to develop their claims about nature. Consequently, their deep ecology cannot be taken as a radical break with Western philosophy or attitudes towards nature. This thesis is distinctive because it dissects Devall and Sessions' work in a new way. This is because I evaluate their arguments by drawing upon romantic and scientific literature; and by locating their arguments within a specific cultural, national and historical framework. As a result one can clearly see how they have developed and legitimated their deep ecological prescriptions by drawing on values and perceptions already articulated in Western philosophy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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