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Environmental Ethics

Volume 27, Issue 4, Winter 2005

Thomas Heyd
Pages 339-354
DOI: 10.5840/enviroethics20052742

Nature, Culture, and Natural Heritage
Toward a Culture of Nature

Nature and culture are usually treated as opposites. Nature, on this conception, is on the wane as a result of culture. A fresh analysis of the relation between these two terms in the light of the notion of “cultural landscapes” is needed. This account allows for nature to be understood as an important, distinctive category, even while granting the constitutive role of the culturally structured gaze. Culture and nature need not be conceived in opposition to each other, for it makes sense to speak of, and pursue, a culture of nature. These considerations have important consequences for natural heritage conservation.

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