Jurisprudence; Economic theory; Environmental law; Ethics; Psychology; Science; Social theory
Argues that the introduction of “wildlaw”, law that takes the interests of the environment as its starting point, will be ineffective unless it reflects a paradigmatic shift from regarding the Earth as a resource to seeing it as something that needs to be safeguarded for future generations. Traces the history of rationalist, natural-selection-based scientific thought, noting its links with economic and social theory and various challenges to the certainty of its conclusions. Suggests that wisdom, from a wildlaw perspective, must incorporate elements of intuition, anthropomorphism and ethics.
(2011) 23(1) Environmental Law & Management 35-39