Hundertwasser - Inspiration for environmental ethics: Reformulating the ecological self

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This article analyses and interprets the works of Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000) as a source of inspiration for environmental ethics and offers an extended model of the Ecological Self based on an interpretation of his works. Hundertwasser was a prominent Jewish-Austrian artist and environmental activist, yet despite his commitment to environmental issues, he has not received the attention he deserves from the environmental ethics community. His works and writings suggest a critique and reformulation of the well-known concept of the Ecological Self. This concept implies that humans are essentially embedded in the natural world -that the Self is porous and open rather than disengaged and atomistic. This article suggests an alternative, holistic and extended version of this concept. It assesses and incorporates additional layers found between humans and nature -clothing, architecture, urban environments, and social and political environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-342
Number of pages26
JournalEnvironmental Values
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Communitarianism
  • Ecological self
  • Environmental ethics
  • Environmental political theory
  • Urbanism
  • urban politics
  • deep ecology
  • environmental philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Philosophy


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