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Frog Pond PhilosophyEssays on the Relationship Between Humans and Nature$
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Strachan Donnelley, Ceara Donnelley, and Bruce Jennings

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167275

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167275.001.0001

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Leopold’s Wildness

Leopold’s Wildness

Can Humans and Wolves Be at Home in the Adirondacks?

(p.95) 13 Leopold’s Wildness
Frog Pond Philosophy

Strachan Donnelley

, Ceara Donnelley, Bruce Jennings
University Press of Kentucky

The premise of this chapter is that Aldo Leopold’s notion of a land ethic cannot be understood apart from his broader worldview of the relationship between humans and nature. The question of the reintroduction of wolves into the Adirondack region provides a practical context for an appreciation of Leopold’s perspective. This is a long-term, holistic, evolutionary, and dynamic perspective, in which the role of large predator species is integral. The perspective also includes the essential element of the wild, or wildness. This enlarged view of a question such as the reintroduction of wolves into a region is transformative and puts short-term human interests and fears in their place.

Keywords:   Aldo Leopold, land ethic, interdependence between humans and nature, wolves, wolf reintroduction, wild, wildness, human interests

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