, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp 0611–0613 | Cite as

The Context of Ecosystem Theory

  • Peder Anker


Arthur George Tansley's paper “The Temporal Genetic Series as a Means of Approach to Philosophy,” published here for the first time, provides the philosophical context for the development of his ecosystem theory. His rejection of idealist reasoning, his concern with ethics, and his long standing interest in Freudian psychology as well as mechanistic reasoning comprised the intellectual underpinnings for his thinking on systems and ecosystem theory.

Key words: Arthur George Tansley; systems; history of ecology; ecosystem philosophy. 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peder Anker
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  1. 1.Center for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Box 1116 Blindern, 0317 Oslo, NorwayNO

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