The Relative Nature of Objectivity


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The Relative Nature of Objectivity
The Importance of the Objective Nature of Perspective in Aldo Leopold’s Thinking Like a Mountain
Man acts as though he has the unalienable right to a privileged perspective of nature. Since each person experiences nature through his or her own perspective of reality, each person tends to support his or her perspective as the correct perspective. For example, from the perspective of a man in the wilderness during a thunderstorm, the sound of thunder is interpreted through what the thunder may mean to his future activities; if it rains, he must find shelter. His perspective is the most important perspective. Despite the fact that one...
The end: yield only danger in the long run” (James and
While man is capable of an earnest understanding of his place within nature, it is “seldom perceived” (James and
368). Yet even in his loss of privilege of values to nature, the result may be favorable. Leopold quotes Thoreau, reminding man that even though he may think his value of nature is the most privileged, and even though it will ultimately result in disaster, the key to human understanding can be gained in finding the proper value of man’s needs within nature, because: “In wildness is the salvation of the world” (James and
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