FRAMING NATURE. Searching for (implicit) religious elements in the communication about nature

Promotie

FRAMING NATURE. Searching for (implicit) religious elements in the communication about nature

Promovendus ir. P (Peter) Jansen
Promotor prof.dr.ir. H (Henk) Jochemsen
Copromotor prof. dr FWJ Keulartz
dr ir J van der Stoep
Organisatie Wageningen University, Philosophy
Datum

wo 14 juni 2017 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

The way people and organisations describe or depict nature betrays their fundamental attitude towards nature. In this PhD thesis views of nature are seen as digestions of meaningful experiences of nature in which a religious depth can be identified. This PhD thesis contains both theoretical and empirical evidence to answer the question whether (implicit) religious elements play a role in the communication regarding nature in the Netherlands. The conclusion shows that the communication regarding nature is ‘religionised’ to some extent, but there is no mentioning of a personal God or other reference to a supernatural reality.This PhD thesis also shows that the religious depth dimension does not explicitly come to the fore in what visitors are saying. The result is that this thesis, in addition to the question regarding the appropriateness of ‘religious subtexts’ in the communication regarding nature, also questions whether these ‘subtexts’ are convincing from the perspective of the visitors.