The natural science ontology of environment

Authored by: Michael Hall

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and the Environment

Print publication date:  July  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415582070
eBook ISBN: 9780203121108
Adobe ISBN: 9781136325564

10.4324/9780203121108.ch2

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Abstract

Whether explicitly recognised or not, humankind’s and hence tourism’s relationship to the environment is underlain by philosophy. Philosophy affects how we understand the environment, our positionality and our ethics. For some commentators the present global environmental crisis characterised by biodiversity loss, deforestation and desertification, and climate change, is more than a crisis of policy, economics and governance but also extends to philosophy itself (Stott 1998; Demeritt 2006; Stables 2010). As Weston (1999: vii) commented, it is ‘a crisis of the senses, of imagination, and of our tools for thinking – our concepts and theories – themselves’.

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