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envr203_notes- Jan 29 - PART II Jan 28 2010 Lecture 6...

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PART II Jan. 28, 2010 Lecture 6: Social Construction I Concerned with knowing what a discourse is and what the potential impacts of dis- course are. Key words - reading Wilderness, nature and the environment. Concepts like wilderness and nature have changed their meaning over the course of human nature. Wilderness was considered a bad thing (something wild) - not considered as such today. Set up next to a built environment - place to reconnect with oneself. Nature --> often set up in opposition of culture. Equated with females and that which is not rational, weak, needs to be pro- tected and cared for. Relevance to environment Terms arguing are socially constructed: Exotic species Nature Frontier Wilderness Environment Trail Smelter - BC First international environmental dispute. Picture - words drawn: Now - dirty etc. 1920’s - black plums of smoke equated with freedom, prosperity, wealth. Futurist Artists Celebrated the machine. Meant to convey power, force, majesty etc. Today we do not think in those terms. A banal point...
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Our ideas, conceptions, values change. Why is this important? Instrumenta l --> interested in how values change, etc. b/c we want to gain/do something. ex. to sell products - trying to understand how people tick so you can figure out how to make people want things that they might not otherwise want. There is an objective - want to know people values and attitudes in the past and how they changed. Sociological --> looks a people/social groups and try to understand how beliefs and values emerge in a social groups. Understand society, how people interact. Philosophical --> ideas, values, conceptions bear a strong relationship with what we distinguish as truth. Environmental philosophers often ask questions about intrinsic value. How to understand objective and universal truth. How do you find out what the truth is in a given situation. What is truth? Revealed by absolute authority (god speaking through prophet) Discerned though reason. look at a phenomenon and understand how it rose, ow it occurred. may be able to understand something about good/bad, right/wrong.
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