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The Environment Between Theory and Practice$
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Avner de-Shalit

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240388

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199240388.001.0001

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The Community of Nature and the Nature of Community

The Community of Nature and the Nature of Community

(p.93) 4 The Community of Nature and the Nature of Community
The Environment Between Theory and Practice

Avner de‐Shalit

Oxford University Press

If community oriented thought is needed to support and justify environmental policies, what kind of community do we have in mind? The notion of a multi‐species community, suggested by many environmental philosophers, is rejected as inconsistent. The idea of localism—local human communities—also popular among environmentalists, is rejected on moral and environmental grounds. The idea of ‘collective rational reflection’ as a moral and political community is put forward.

Keywords:   community, environment, environmental philosophy, localism, multi‐species community, political community

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