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The Problem of Nature

The lead article discusses the multifaceted ways in which the concept of "nature" has become problematic for the modern culture. The impossibility of precisely defining the natural conditions of culture on a global scale need not lead us into an impasse; by way of deconstructing the dualism between culture and nature we may move towards an understanding of the dynamics of differentiating histories and their novel elements. It is argued that a moralist attitude towards nature – that human beings have no right to 'intefere' with nature – is mistaken, that humans live off nature, and therefore have no choice but to modify it, as do other species.