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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Dr Simon Paul James

James, Simon P. (2013). Philistinism and the Preservation of Nature. Philosophy 88(01): 101-114.

Author(s) from Durham


It is clear that natural entities can be preserved – they can be preserved because they can be harmed or destroyed, or in various other ways adversely affected. I argue that in light of the rise of scientism and other forms of philistinism, the political, religious, mythic, personal and historical meanings that people find in those entities can also be preserved. Against those who impugn disciplines such as fine arts, philosophy and sociology, I contend that this sort of preservation requires the efforts of those whose work exemplifies the core values of the arts, the humanities and the qualitative social sciences.