Advice from a sceptic: There is room for naturalism in ecopsychology?

Hoelterhoff, Mark (2010) Advice from a sceptic: There is room for naturalism in ecopsychology? European Journal of Ecopsychology, 1 (1).

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Abstract

Ecopsychology has a rich history of embracing knowledge and practices from many traditions. This large umbrella has widely embraced religious and spiritual practices while at times rejecting mainstream psychology. Considering the future of ecopsychology, is there room in such an inclusive discipline for a naturalist approach? This essay explores the current metaphysical approaches in ecopsychology and making a case for naturalism. It explores both the metaphysical and methodological implications of naturalism and suggests ecopsychology is strengthened by a methodology that seeks reliability and validity. Naturalistic methodology allows space to recognise the importance of anecdotal accounts of spirituality and avoiding a completely secular ecopsychology.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Ecopsychology
Publisher: WyrdWise
ISSN: 2040-4204
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Rehabilitation and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Additional Information: Published first under a creative commons licence by the European Journal of Ecopsychology
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2010 16:32
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 19:25
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/829

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