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Study Guide Historical Context The Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis - Who is Lynn White?? A professor of medieval history. He studied social change. - From White’s article list a few examples where humans have changed their environment. 1. Hunting species to extinction 2. The advent of the automobile has severely decreased the certain population of sparrow that fed on horse dung. 3. Building dams and flooding valleys. - According to White what is the greatest event in human history since the invention of agriculture? The wide spread acceptance of the Baconian creed that “scientific knowledge means technological power over nature” - Why was this essay a pivotal piece in animal ethics? Because it shows that the ethic we have in the respect to animals is that they are here to serve us in whatever manner we deem necessary. - Why does White blame Christian views for our attitudes and relation to nature/animals?
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  • Fall '17
  • Francis Bacon, Tragedy of the Commons, Natural environment, Lynn White, Christian views

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