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Eric Freyfogle received a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University.
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Eric Freyfogle received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
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Eric Freyfogle graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1970.
(Calling for a more harmonious relationship with the earth...)
Calling for a more harmonious relationship with the earth, the naturalist argues that to save the earth, humans must change their fundamental thinking about it and offers new economic values to replace the "more is better" philosophy.
(In Bounded People, Boundless Lands, legal scholar Eric T....)
In Bounded People, Boundless Lands, legal scholar Eric T. Freyfogle asks a series of pointed and challenging questions about the human quest for ecological harmony.
(In this important book, a host of noted environmentalists...)
In this important book, a host of noted environmentalists and business ethicists examine ethical issues in consumption from the points of view of environmental sustainability, economic development, and free enterprise.
(In this provocative book, legal scholar and conservationi...)
In this provocative book, legal scholar and conservationist Eric T. Freyfogle presents the private-property debate in a surprising new light while suggesting how we can both respect private property and achieve communal goals.
(This casebook offers a view of natural resources law rich...)
This casebook offers a view of natural resources law rich in history, yet exposing students to the complexities of practicing natural resources law in the 21st century.
(A Good That Transcends not only unearths the causes of ou...)
A Good That Transcends not only unearths the causes of our embedded culture of resistance, but also offers a path forward to true, lasting environmental initiatives.
(Our Oldest Task spins together lessons from history and p...)
Our Oldest Task spins together lessons from history and philosophy, the life sciences and politics, economics and cultural studies in a personal, erudite quest to understand how we might live on—and in accord with—the land.
(In this timely work, Eric Freyfogle probes the long-simme...)
In this timely work, Eric Freyfogle probes the long-simmering struggles in the American West to address water-related problem.
Eric Freyfogle graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1970. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University and Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
Eric T. Freyfogle is a professor of property and environmental law at the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign and an active member of the Midwestern environmental community. Eric was also appointed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 to the position of Swanlund Endowed Professor, the highest academic position at the campus.
Freyfogle has held visiting professorships at the College of William and Mary, the University of Utah, and the University of Michigan and served as a Visiting Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa and a Herbert Smith Freehills Visitor to the Law Faculty of the University of Cambridge.
Freyfogle has lectured in the United States and elsewhere, including Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, and South Africa. Eric's two major works are Justice and the Earth: Images for Our Planetary Survival, and Bounded People, Boundless Lands: Envisioning a New Land Ethic, along with an edited volume The New Agrarianism: Land, Culture, and the Community of Life. With Dale Goble, he has also authored a legal text Wildlife Law: Cases and Materials.
(Calling for a more harmonious relationship with the earth...)1993
(Our Oldest Task spins together lessons from history and p...)2017
(In this important book, a host of noted environmentalists...)1998
(This casebook offers a view of natural resources law rich...)2015
(A Good That Transcends not only unearths the causes of ou...)2017
(In this timely work, Eric Freyfogle probes the long-simme...)2018
(This casebook offers a major contemporary reformulation o...)2012
(In this provocative book, legal scholar and conservationi...)2007
(In Bounded People, Boundless Lands, legal scholar Eric T....)1998
Eric Freyfogle is a conservationist and communitarian. His first book Justice and the Earth advocates for a view of the earth as an integrated whole for which humans have responsibility rather than as a collection of pieces of private property which landowners have the right to exploit. The latter, resource management view has generally predominated in Western cultures. Freyfogle finds the roots of this perspective in such philosophers as Plato and Descartes and traces its development forward through the Utilitarians and adherents of the Chicago school. Freyfogle claims that this perspective on the earth is the reason why humans have often behaved so destructively towards the planet. To “become adult” about the earth, humans need to expand their views of moral worth and community to include the entire earth and not just its human inhabitants.
The land ethic Freyfogle presents in Bounded People, Boundless Lands is based on the concept of “land health,” an idea which was originally developed by Aldo Leopold. The key factors in land health are healthy soil, clean, flowing water, and a thriving population of native plant and animal species. The maintenance of all of these things requires cooperative efforts from all landowners since ecosystems do not respect manmade boundaries. The solution, as laid out by Freyfogle, is a community of environmentally conscious and responsible landowners operating in a framework of broad national standards. The people who own the land are likely to know it best, and therefore to have the best idea of what constitutes health for that particular piece of property. However, individual landowners and local communities also need the sort of protection from developers and large corporations that national standards can afford.
In the introduction to his edited collection, The New Agrarianism, Freyfogle distills the main elements of Agrarianism. As he defines it, agrarianism “reaches beyond food production and rural living to include a wide constellation of ideas, loyalties, sentiments and hopes. It is a temperament and a moral orientation as well as a suite of economic practices, all arising out of the insistent truth that people everywhere are part of the land community, just as dependent as other life on the land’s fertility and just as shaped by its mysteries and possibilities.”
Eric Freyfogle married Jane Ellen Moore on May 22, 1976. They have a child, Anna Mee-Joo.