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

Steven Vogel


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, if “nature” means a world independent of human action it may no longer exist – and even if it did that’s not where environmental problems arise. The world that actually “environs” us is always a built one, and is “socially constructed” in the sense that humans literally construct it in their practices. We are not alienated from nature but rather from that (built) environment, in that we do not rec ... More

Keywords: Nature, built environment, nature/human dualism, Artifacts, Social construction of nature, Shopping malls, thinking like a mountain, capitalism, discursive democracy, alienation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029100
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Vogel, author
Denison University