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Ecophenomenology is a less-known branch of environmental philosophy compared to land ethics, deep ecology, and ecofeminism. Despite this status, it is an environmental philosophy that is gaining in popularity with theorists and is quickly maturing in its sophistication and argumentation. This article briefly looks at how ecophenomenology has developed, what it is, a few of its theorists and practitioners, and gives a quick summary of various ecophenomenological standpoints.

Ecophenomenology builds upon and adds to the phenomenological method found within the humanities, and especially within the analytical method of philosophy. Edmund Husserl (1859–1938) developed and advocated modern phenomenology as a “Philosophy of Rigorous Science” in response to the empirical naturalism and logical positivism of Europe that was gaining ascendancy in the early 1900s. Phenomenology as a term ...

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