Notable Exeptions



Of course, even during the Englightenment, not everyone subscribed to the pervasive views. For instance, echoes the stewardship philosophy can be seen in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ballad, ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’.

In this Coleridge develops the theme of the horrible consequences for one individual (the mariner) of wantonly killing an albatross. Through this act he brings about the death of fellow sailors. From other writings it is clear that Coleridge deplored cruelty and believed that the lives of all living things should be respected or there would be dire consequences for humanity. This view contrasted with the contemporary view that humans were apart from the rest of the natural world and had the right to control and use it as they wished. Coleridge's perspective was further developed in the 19th century and might be seen as the predecessor of today's conservation movement.

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Samuel Coleridge (1772 – 1834)

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