Environmental Ethics

Volume 14, Issue 4, Winter 1992

Robert Frodeman
Pages 307-319

Radical Environmentalism and the Political Roots of Postmodernism

I examine the close relationship between radical environmentalism and postmodernism. I argue that there is an incoherence within most postmodernist thought, born of an unwillingness or incapacity to distinguish between claims true from an ontological or epistemological perspective and those appropriate to the exigencies of political life. The failure to distinguish which differences make a difference not only vitiates postmodernist thought, but also runs up against some of the fundamental assumptions of radical environmentalism.