The Possibility of Conservation: Some Philosophical Questions

Baindur, Meera and Sarukkai, Sundar (2010) The Possibility of Conservation: Some Philosophical Questions. Indian Journal of Ecocriticism, 3. pp. 9-21.

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The concept of conservation hs been historically derived from important ideas in natural sciences where it is related to properties, like energy, which are conerved as well as to principles of symmetry. But there are various presuppositions within thi view of conservation-for example, the need for closed systems and the problem of conservation of 'space' and infinity. Conservation within ecology is linked to the idea of a conservable property of nature, though nature is infinite and is an open system. We suggest that the problems in the philosophy of conservation in the Western tradition are influenced by this association with the idea of conservation in natural science along with the view of nature as non-human. In contrast, one can look to the Indian theories of nature to uncover n pproach to conservation as a moral duty of human beings who co-constitute nature. As one model, we propose understanding conservation through the concept of trusteeship as advocated by Gandhi.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities > MCPH Manipal
Depositing User: MU Library
Date Deposited: 21 May 2011 09:37
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2011 11:32

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