Thinking like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature

2015.12.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven Vogel, Thinking like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature, MIT Press, 2015, 283pp., $29.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.12.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven Vogel, Thinking like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature, MIT Press, 2015, 283pp., $29.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262029100. Reviewed by Gary Varner, Texas A&M University The title of this book is a riff on Aldo Leopold's famous "Thinking Like a Mountain" vignette,1 and the subtitle points to Bill McKibben's 1989 book announcing The End of Nature. Steven Vogel's purpose is to describe an appropriate project for environmental philosophers on the assumption that nothing on Earth remains untouched by human practices. His answer is that we should never have thought of "nature" as what is unaffected by human practices because both the built and "natural" environments have been shaped by human practices for as long as there have been human beings. Once we realize how and why that was so, he argues, we can see that our practices should have been the focus of environmental philosophy all. . .

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