Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Thinking like a MallEnvironmental Philosophy after the End of Nature$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Steven Vogel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029100

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029100.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 27 June 2022

The Nature of Artifacts

The Nature of Artifacts

Chapter:
(p.95) 4 The Nature of Artifacts
Source:
Thinking like a Mall
Author(s):

Steven Vogel

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029100.003.0004

Environmental restoration projects have been criticized by some (e.g. Katz) on the grounds that restored environments are no longer “natural,” but are rather anthropocentric “artifacts.” Nature for Katz is a realm independent of human intention, while artifacts are built for human use and have “no nature of their own.” But the relation between artifacts and intention is more complex than this. A restored landscape can be “wild” in the sense that processes are at work in it that no human planned or even knows about. The latter, further, is true of all artifacts, and of all building. To say humans build the environment is not to say they control it or are reflected in it; it’s still wild. Rather than interpreting nature in terms of difference, as some continental environmental thinkers do, the (materialist) account proposed here sees nature and difference both as moments in practice.

Keywords:   environmental restoration, Eric Katz, Robert Elliot, nature/human dualism, artifacts, naturalness, wildness, difference, continental philosophy of nature, practice

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.