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Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic

J. Baird Callicott


Aldo Leopold’s land ethic is located in an evolutionary-ecological worldview: Homo sapiens is “kin” to all other “fellow voyagers in the odyssey of evolution” and is a “plain member and citizen” of a “biotic community.” Part I traces the conceptual foundations of the land ethic to Darwin’s account of the origin and evolution of ethics in The Descent of Man and Hume’s moral philosophy in the second Enquiry. Evolutionary biology and ecology have undergone paradigm shifts since Leopold conceived the land ethic in 1949. Part I indicates how the land ethic can remain theoretically viable and practi ... More

Keywords: ecology, ethics, evolution, group selection, biogeochemistry, Gaia Hypothesis, Hume, Darwin, Leopold, Vernadsky

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199324880
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324880.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Baird Callicott, author
University of North Texas

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