The Social Construction of Nature : Relativist Accusations , Pragmatist and Critical Realist Responses

  title={The Social Construction of Nature : Relativist Accusations , Pragmatist and Critical Realist Responses},
  author={James D. Proctor},
Social constructivists argue that what we call “nature” is far less universal and extrahuman than generally assumed. Yet this argument has been vigorously attacked by some natural scientists and other scholars due to what they perceive as its dangerous flirtation with relativism. I introduce this debate by reference to a recent controversy over the concept of wilderness, an important icon of nature in North America. I then define several forms of relativism, and compare two contemporary bodies… CONTINUE READING
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