The twoculture problem ecological restoration and the integration of knowledge

ERIC HIGGS

Ecological restoration provides an arena in which values regarding what matters in the environment are contested among practitioners from a variety of disciplinary traditions. Whereas Andrew Light (Reading 9) examines four debates within the essentially non-scientific tradition of environmental ethics, Eric Higgs takes a broader perspective in re-examining a single divide: that between science and non-science. He suggests that the divide remains as relevant in contemporary times as when C. P. Snow first expressed the division in terms of 'two cultures' in the early 1950s. As a complement to the science of 'restoration ecology', the wider more non-science notion of 'ecological restoration' prompts a sense of responsibility as being a conversation (between science and non-science) rather than a 'debate' and chimes well with the idea of responsibility as a creative force.

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