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Unformatted text preview: They could each be debated at length (and I expect we'll do some of that in class), but let me just mention a few critiques of such views First, it can be argued that most of these "western values" arguments paint with too broad a brush; thus, Judeo-Christian religion has been around for several thousand years, so if the CEC is an inevitable product of it, it's sure been a long time coming On other hand, it may assign blame too narrowly, since non-Western cultures do not have perfect environmental records (e.g., extensive deforestation in China goes back several thousand years, and coexists with refined art, poetry, and philosophy celebrating transcendent beauty of nature; extensive deforestation in the circum-Mediterranean preceded the spread of Christianity) This suggests that these explanations are at best partial; perhaps it takes a certain set of values (not necessarily Western) plus something else to produce widespread environmental damage...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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