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Environmental Ethics

Volume 6, Issue 4, Winter 1984

Ariel Kay Salleh
Pages 339-345

Deeper than Deep Ecology
The Eco-Feminist Connection

I offer a feminist critique of deep ecology as presented in the seminal papers of Naess and Devall. I outline the fundamental premises involved and analyze their internal coherence. Not only are there problems on logical grounds, but the tacit methodological approach of the two papers are inconsistent with the deep ecologists’ own substantive comments. I discuss these shortcomings in terms of a broader feminist critique of patriarchal culture and point out some practical and theoretical contributions which eco-feminism can make to a genuinely deep ecology problematic.

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