"An Ecological Concept of Wilderness"
Many share the conviction that wilderness should play a special role
in any environmental ethic, even though the concept of wilderness
remains contentious. Ever since it has been recognized that the
traditional concept of a wilderness as a region "untrammeled" by human
beings has a number of intractable difficulties, there has been no
consensus on how we should understand wilderness, and most definitions
or descriptions of wilderness remain negative (defining wilderness in
terms of what it is not). I propose a new ecological concept of
wilderness, and show that this concept escapes the difficulties of the
traditional concept and its recent alternatives, while being a useful
ancillary to some of the leading contemporary theories in
Ethics and the Environment, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 2012.