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Department
Geography
Course
GEOG 1020
Professor
Justin Stefanik
Semester
Winter

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GEOG 1020 Jan 29 2014 Nature ­Where does nature come from? ­Separation of nature and humans ­Greek Thought ­Word for “everything” ­Changes to everything but humans ­We begin to feel special in some way ­Judeo­Christian Religious Thought ­Man has a special relationship with God ­Man has been given the Earth to manage ­Man is separate from nature ­Enlightened Thought ­“I think, therefore I am” ­Our ability to reason separates us from other life ­Nature can be known and dominated through the sciences ­We really are special! ­Industrial Capitalist Thought ­Two ideas emerged in the 19  century ­Nature has value to be exploited ­Nature is pure while modernity is tainted ­Movement of upper classes to rural areas ­Search for the sublime ­Social Construction ­The way we look at the world is always filtered through meaning systems ­We shape the physical world through these ideas ­Discourse ­Organized and established sets of meanings that construct our worldview ­Thought becomes practice and gets materialized ­Wilderness ­19  century idea ­That which is pristine, untouched, and unchanged by humans ­Leads to the invention of the national park
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