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Uncomplicating the Idea of Wilderness

Joshua S. Duclos

Environmental Values 29 (2020): 89-107. doi: 10.3197/096327120X15752810323869

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In this paper I identify and respond to four persistent objections to the idea of wilderness: empirical, cultural, philosophical and environmental. Despite having dogged the wilderness debate for decades, none of these objections withstands scrutiny; rather they are misplaced criticisms that hinder fruitful discussion of the philosophical ramifications of wilderness by needlessly complicating the idea itself. While there may be other justifiable concerns about the idea of wilderness, it is time to move beyond the four discussed in this paper.


Wilderness, otherness, culture, environmental dualism, environmentalism

REFERENCES to other Environmental Values articles

The Value of Nature's Otherness Simon A. Hailwood

Does the Idea of Wilderness Need a Defence?. Paul M. Keeling

A Historical and Systematic Survey of European Perceptions of Wilderness. Thomas Kirchhoff and Vera Vicenzotti

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Editorial: The Ethics of Human Intervention on Behalf of 'Others'. Claudia Carter

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