Rousseau, Not Calvin

Rousseau, Not Calvin OT H E R A RT I C L E S William Ophuls The environmentalist case is not as defunct as Mark Sagoff Sagoff 's other comments. would have us believe. Even if we succeed in substituting comFirst, as should be apparent from the above, my description modities and driving down prices forever--a heroic assumpof the city as an ecological parasite does not spring from theotion--what about vanishing rainforests, dying coral reefs, logical premises--that is, from a belief that we dare not meddle accelerating species extinction, and a changing cost (not the comwith Creation. What I am saying instead is that our meddling modity price) of our economic and technological prowess? has costs and consequences that affect everything (including, More important, the ecological case transcends particular ultimately, our political arrangements). environmental facts. Ecology, both as science and as perspective Second, while not denying that the ecological case has proon human affairs, challenges the modern urge to "dominate" found spiritual implications (it does), I do not believe that Calvin nature, arguing that this overweening ambition is simply not (or any other form of religious government) is the answer. This attainable--much less at a price that is socially and politically http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Rousseau, Not Calvin

The Good Society, Volume 11 (3) – Aug 1, 2002

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OT H E R A RT I C L E S William Ophuls The environmentalist case is not as defunct as Mark Sagoff Sagoff 's other comments. would have us believe. Even if we succeed in substituting comFirst, as should be apparent from the above, my description modities and driving down prices forever--a heroic assumpof the city as an ecological parasite does not spring from theotion--what about vanishing rainforests, dying coral reefs, logical premises--that is, from a belief that we dare not meddle accelerating species extinction, and a changing cost (not the comwith Creation. What I am saying instead is that our meddling modity price) of our economic and technological prowess? has costs and consequences that affect everything (including, More important, the ecological case transcends particular ultimately, our political arrangements). environmental facts. Ecology, both as science and as perspective Second, while not denying that the ecological case has proon human affairs, challenges the modern urge to "dominate" found spiritual implications (it does), I do not believe that Calvin nature, arguing that this overweening ambition is simply not (or any other form of religious government) is the answer. This attainable--much less at a price that is socially and politically

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