On the Idea of Environment

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Sol A.

Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2005

  • Publication Type: Book / Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • City: Dordrecht
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


I propose a new view that construes the environment in terms of "an-entity-having-an-interest-in-something" and "something-being-in-or-against-an-entity's-interest" that I have adapted from Paul Taylor. I use the former to define the environment for conscious beings, which corresponds to local environments, and the latter for both conscious and non-conscious living beings, corresponding to wider environments. I endeavor to show that this view avoids the shortcomings and preserves the virtues of the other views.