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The Social Construction of Nature

Steven Vogel

in Thinking like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780262029100
eISBN:
9780262326988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029100.003.0002
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

To show something to be “socially constructed” is to show it not to be natural; in this sense there’s something paradoxical in the thesis that nature is itself socially constructed. The thesis might ... More


Thinking like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature

Steven Vogel

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780262029100
eISBN:
9780262326988
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029100.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Environmental theory would be better off if it eschewed the concept of “nature” entirely. The concept is too ambiguous and potentially politically dangerous, while as McKibben and others have argued, ... More


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