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On the Unity of Environmental Philosophy

Does environmental philosophy form a unified discipline? Such a question might seem trivial, as environmentalist notions have become an accepted part of public life. A multitude of environmental problems have been politicised and subsumed under the umbrella of a diverse political movement. This familiarity is however deceiving. If we look under the surface of adopted political rhetoric, it seems that environmental philosophy lacks fundamental unifying features. In this article I explore various candidates for unity and demonstrate that environmental philosophy doesn't even have a common object of inquiry. But I claim that this is troublesome only if we stick with the notion of unity. By leaving it behind we can understand environmental problems better and bring environmental philosophy close to practice.

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