Vol 30 No 2 (2014): Whatever Happened to Deep Ecology?

Deep Ecology: What is Said and (to be) Done?

Mick Smith
Queen's University


Attacked by anthropocentric social, cultural, and political theorists deep ecology has been relatively wary of engaging with the theories that underpin such critiques. This socio-theoretical lacuna does, however, leave deep ecology open to the charge of being ecologically reductive. Despite the difficulties they present many of these socio-theoretical theories offer diverse insights into our current environmental predicaments and creative opportunities for rethinking what it might mean to constitute a community of life on Earth. The development of such views, which we might term ecologically oriented social theory (EOST) is, I argue, a key task for radical ecosophies.