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Environmental Ethics

Volume 6, Issue 4, Winter 1984

Bill Devall, George Sessions
Pages 293-322

The Development of Nature Resources and the Integrity of Nature

During the twentieth century, John Muir’s ideas of “righteous management” were eclipsed by Gifford Pinchot’s anthropocentric scientific management ideas conceming the conservation and development of Nature as a human resource. Ecology as a subversive science, however, has now undercut the foundations of this resource conservation and development ideology. Using the philosophical principles of deep ecology, we explore a contemporary version of Muir’s “righteous management” by developing the ideas of holistic management and ecosystem rehabilitation.

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