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The concept and values of wilderness, along with the practice of wilderness preservation, have been under attack for the past several decades. In Rethinking Wilderness, Mark Woods responds to seven prominent anti-wilderness arguments. Woods offers a rethinking of the received concept of wilderness, developing a positive account of wilderness as a significant location for the other-than-human value-adding properties of naturalness, wildness, and freedom. Interdisciplinary in approach, Rethinking Wilderness combines environmental philosophy, environmental history, environmental social sciences, the science of ecology, and the science of conservation biology.
Chapter 1 - Wilderness: Conceptual and Historical Background
Chapter 2 - Naturalized Human Distinctiveness: The Naturalist Argument
Chapter 3 - An Other-than-Human World: The Social Constructivist Argument
Chapter 4 - Trammeling Wilderness: The No-Wilderness Argument
Chapter 5 - Trammeling People I: The Imperial Argument
Chapter 6 - Upsetting the Balance of Nature: The Ecological Argument
Chapter 7 - Trammeling People II: The Environmental Justice Argument
Chapter 8 - Wilderness Preservation and the Other-than-Human World: The Management Argument
Chapter 9 - Natural, Wild, and Free: Toward a Wilderness Ethic
Mark Woods is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego.