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A Critical Examination of "Another Look at Leopold's Land Ethic"

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Reevaluating Aldo Leopold's land ethic is timely, but Boris Zeide's critique of it is both biased and logically flawed. The real target of Zeide' essay is ecosystem management. The real sciences in which the land ethic is grounded are evolutionary biology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology, not the outmoded Clementsian superorganism paradigm in ecology. Although Zeide believes in a strictly zero-sum world, Aldo Leopold had faith that we could achieve win-win solutions: log our forest and maintain their health and integrity; prosper economically and protect out ecological heritage.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Texas, Denton 76203

Publication date: 1998-01-01

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