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Property: Faustian Pact Or New Covenant With Earth?

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Property rights and their underpinning social structures are at odds with emerging insights and will need to be redesigned by society if we are to live a good life with both the Earth and human communities in mind. Most features of this world view are under intense scrutiny by many scholars, including legal scholars concerned about the relationship between property law and property rights and ecological realities. Their critiques address broad epistemological issues as well offering detailed proposals for law reform. A spectrum of relational responses is outlined in this chapter, beginning with an overview of the epistemological origins of the Western world view, which reflect the Enlightenment's mechanistic perceptions of detached objectivity and the description of reality as separate and isolated components. Indigenous traditions are characterized by relational thinking. A key requirement for promoting and accepting pluralism is intercultural dialogue.

Keywords:ecological critique; ecological world view; property rights



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