Faking nature

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 25 (1):81 – 93 (1982)
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Environmentalists express concern at the destruction/exploitation of areas of the natural environment because they believe that those areas are of intrinsic value. An emerging response is to argue that natural areas may have their value restored by means of the techniques of environmental engineering. It is then claimed that the concern of environmentalists is irrational, merely emotional or even straightforwardly selfish. This essay argues that there is a dimension of value attaching to the natural environment which cannot be restored no matter how technologically proficient environmental engineers become. The argument involves highlighting and discussing analogies between faking art and faking nature. The pivot of the argument is the claim that genesis is a significant determinant of an area's value



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Fakes.Colin Radford - 1978 - Mind 87 (345):66-76.
Environmental Philosophy.Don S. Mannison, Michael A. McRobbie & Richard Sylvan (eds.) - 1980 - Dept. Of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

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