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A critique of analytical and systemic approaches to environmental philosophy
Ryan Wendell Garrett
May 9, 2018
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In this essay I will describe a phenomenon when encountering a vista in the natural world. In my own case, it was a phenomenon like the one I describe that provoked me to turn to contemporary environmental philosophy. This phenomenon seemed – at least prima facie – to be a paradigmatic case of either what Holmes Rolston III describes as a person realizing the positive creativity of the natural landscape or what J. Baird Callicott describes as an event in which a person sentimentally projects value on to a natural landscape. However, I will ultimately conclude that both of these approaches fall short before giving a positive account of elucidating the phenomenon by utilizing Martin Heidegger’s concept of “anxiety.”