The Pragmatic Ecologist: Environmental Protection as a Jurisdynamic Experience

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James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

Among his many contributions to the field of environmental law, Professor Dan Farber is perhaps best known for his development of a systematically "pragmatic approach to environmental problems." Within the tool kit that Professor Farber has used to breach the "wall between economics and ethics," one technique merits especially close examination. Professor Farber has often stressed the centrality of "learning strategies" in an environmental enterprise marked not only by a "high degree of uncertainty" but also by "our rapidly evolving understanding" of the science underlying environmental problems and their solutions. "In biological terms," after all, "stasis is death; only growth and change keep the organism alive." Environmental law as an organic entity can scarcely escape this law of nature.

Suggested Citation

Chen, James Ming, The Pragmatic Ecologist: Environmental Protection as a Jurisdynamic Experience (2003). Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 87, pp. 847-850, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2255070

James Ming Chen (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )

318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States

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