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The Reification of Non-Human Nature

Teea Kortetmäki

Environmental Values 28 (2019): 489-506. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15576762300730

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Reification is a concept of critical theory that denotes certain problematic, habitualised forms of objectification. In this article, I examine whether the concept can be applied in environmental philosophy and what value it has for environmental critical theory. I begin by introducing the concept and the two senses in which reification of the non-human world has been discussed in the literature: first, denoting the misrecognition of others' attitudes towards the natural world; and second, denoting a misconceived relationship between humans and their environment. After this, I introduce two potentially new subjects of reification: non-human animals and non-human nature. I also discuss two phenomena that could count as reification: industrial meat production and the commodification of ecological systems.


Reification, objectification, critical theory, nature, meat production

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Anthropocentrism: A Misunderstood Problem. Tim Hayward

Against Holism:Rethinking Buddhist Environmental Ethics. Simon P. James

The Environment as a Commodity Arild Vatn

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