Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 1994

William Aiken
Pages 1-5

Is Deep Ecology Too Radical?

The theory of Deep Ecology is characterized as having two essential features: the belief that nature is inherently valuable, and the belief that one’s self is truly realized by identification with nature. Four common but different meanings of the term “radical” are presented. Whether the theory of Deep Ecology is “too radical” depends upon which of these meanings one is using.