Quotation Spash, Clive L. 2021. Conceptualising Nature: From Dasgupta to Degrowth. Environmental Values. 30 (3), 265-275.




The problematic conceptualisation of Nature has led confusion and failure to relate to reality. Some merge Nature into society creating a hybrid concept that denies the existence of anything but that which is human controlled or influenced, a position popular amongst Promethians of the Anthropocene. Strong social constructionism also dissolves Nature into the human as evident in some stands of the degrowth movement. Mainstream economists and those adopting concepts of natural capital similarly reduce Nature to an anthropocentric concept and instrumental value for human ends, e.g. the recent Dasgupta review. The importance of being able to distinguish what is meant by Nature and the natural is central to understanding this confusion and going beyond it. In this editorial these issues are explored with reference to a range of recent papers in Environmental Values.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Environmental Values
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-D
Language English
Title Conceptualising Nature: From Dasgupta to Degrowth
Volume 30
Number 3
Year 2021
Page from 265
Page to 275
URL https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/whp/ev/2021/00000030/00000003/art00002
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3197/096327121x16141642287700
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.whpress.co.uk/EV/EditEV303.pdf


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