Environmental Ethics

Volume 12, Issue 4, Winter 1990

Robert W. Gardiner
Pages 339-352

Between Two Worlds
Humans in Nature and Culture

In this essay, I set forth a view of humans as creatures living at once in two worlds: the world of nature and the world of culture. I explore some of the tensions and paradoxes entailed by this position, as weIl as the implications for ethics, both interhuman and environmental. I also critique the distortions entailed by ethical stances which draw too heavily on one polarity or the other without taking sufficient account of the discontinuities between them.