Reply to Norton, re: Aldo Leopold and Pragmatism

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Abstract:

As a conservation policy advocate and practitioner, Leopold was a pragmatist (in the vernacular sense of the word). He was not, however, a member of the school of philosophy known as American Pragmatism, nor was his environmental philosophy informed by any members of that school. Leopold's environmental philosophy was radically non-anthropocentric; he was an intellectual revolutionary and aspired to transform social values and institutions.

Keywords: Hadley; conservation; ecology; evolution; non-anthropocentric

Document Type: Discussion

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3197/096327111X12922350165950

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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