Response to Brady, Phillips and Rolston

Susan Stewart

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A response to conference papers by Brady, Phillips, and Rolston on aesthetics and environmentalism, this essay argues that sound environmental policy might begin with basic questions about the purpose and extent of human life, for such policies shape human nature as they also shape the phenomenal world. Decisions based upon short-lived economic conditions cannot provide those long-term benefits necessary for the preservation of the environment. Aesthetic judgments, because they are reflective, help us anthropomorphise ourselves; along with scientific judgments, they might serve as foundational, rather than auxiliary, practices for determining the future of our finite planet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-320
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Values
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • Philosophy


  • Aesthetics
  • Disinterestedness
  • Environmentalism
  • Ethics
  • Life forms


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