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  1. Michael P. Nelson & John A. Vucetich (2013). Wilderness, Value Of. In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  2. Michael P. Nelson & Adam M. Sowards (2012). Linda Sargent Wood: A More Perfect Union: Holistic Worldviews and the Transformation of American Culture After World War II. Environmental Ethics 34 (2):213-218.
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  3. Michael P. Nelson (2010). Teaching Holism in Environmental Ethics. Environmental Ethics 32 (1):33-49.
    Students who enroll in my environmental ethics courses often come with a background in ecology and natural resources. Moreover, they often point to this background when they express their frustration with, or outright rejection of, individualistic or atomistic moral theories that simply strive to include individual living things within the purview of a moral community. They ultimately evoke the concept of holism as the source of their frustration. Addressing this concern requires trying to make sense of both the concept of (...)
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  4. John A. Vucetich & Michael P. Nelson (2010). Sustainability: Virtuous or Vulgar? BioScience 60 (7):539-544.
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  5. John A. Vucetich, Michael P. Nelson, Courtney Schultz, Daniel B. Botkin, Timothy Shanahan & Paula Mabee (2010). 10. Thinking of Biology. BioScience 60 (7).
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  6. Michael P. Nelson (2008). On Doing Helpful Philosophy. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (4):611-614.
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  7. Michael P. Nelson (2007). The Pine Island Paradox. Teaching Philosophy 30 (3):335-339.
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  8. Michael P. Nelson (2005). Worth Doing. Review of Metaphysics 59 (2):451-452.
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  9. Michael P. Nelson (2004). The World and the Wild: Expanding Wilderness Conservation Beyond its American Roots. Environmental Ethics 26 (1):107-110.
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  10. Michael P. Nelson (2004). The World and the Wild. Environmental Ethics 26 (1):107-110.
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  11. J. Baird Callicott & Michael P. Nelson (2000). Intrinsic Value in Nature: A Metaethical Analysis.”. Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy 3 (5).
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  12. Michael P. Nelson (1996). Holists and Fascists and Paper Tigers...Oh My! Ethics and the Environment 1 (2):103 - 117.
    Over and over, philosophers have claimed that environmental holism in general, and Leopold's Land Ethic in particular, ought to be rejected on the basis that it has fascistic implications. I argue that the land Ethic is not tantamount to environmental fascism because Leopold's moral theory accounts for the moral standing of the individual as well as "the land," a holistic ethic better protects and defends the individual in the long-run, and the term "fascism" is misapplied in this case.
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  13. Michael P. Nelson (1996). Rethinking Wilderness. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 3 (2):6-9.
    The “received” concept of wilderness as a place apart from and untouched by humans is five-times flawed: it is not universalizable, it is ethnocentric, it is ecologically naive, it separates humans from nature, and its referent is nonexistent. The received view of wilderness leads to dilemmas and unpalatable consequences, including the loss of designated wilderness areas by political and legislative authorities. What is needed is a more flexible notion of wilderness. Suggestions are made for a revised concept of wilderness.
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  14. Michael P. Nelson (1993). A Defense of Environmental Ethics: A Reply to Janna Thompson. Environmental Ethics 15 (3):245-257.
    Janna Thompson dismisses environmental ethics primarily because it does not meet her criteria for ethics: consistency, non-vacuity, and decidability. In place of a more expansive environmental ethic, she proposes to limit moral considerability to beings with a “point of view.” I contend, first, that a point-of-view centered ethic is unacceptable not only because it fails to meet the tests of her own and other criteria,but also because it is precisely the type of ethic that has contributed to our current environmental (...)
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