Ecosystem health: some preventive medicine

D. Jamieson

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    Some ecologists, philosophers, and policy analysts believe that ecosystem health can be defined in a rigorous way and employed as a management goal in environmental policy. The idea of ecosystem health may have something to recommend it as part of a rhetorical strategy. The author is dubious about its utility as a technical term in environmental policy. Several objections to this latest version of scientism in environmental policy are developed. It is concluded that our environmental problems fundamentally involve problems in our institutions of governance, our systems of value, and our ways of knowing. These are the problems that most need to be addressed. -Author

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)333-344
    Number of pages12
    JournalEnvironmental Values
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1995

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Environmental Science
    • Philosophy


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