chapter  4
Walking and thinking mountains
Dōgen, Leopold, and the Tlingit
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This chapter uses some of the sources, not necessarily as an alternative approach, but rather as a way to complement and strengthen the sources used thus far. That said, it should also be noted that, in particular, Nietzsche and Heidegger were influenced by some Buddhist traditions. The chapter approaches philosopher Dgen through Aldo Leopolds attempts to approach nature in a non-anthropocentric way. Leopold writes about thinking like a mountain using another human quality to reflect on the non-human world. Leopold uses the metaphor of thinking like a mountain, without ever providing more than a few hints of what exactly this activity would include. Leopolds short essay thinking like a mountain addresses a deep concern: we humans fail to think outside of the human realm. When we think about nature, we tend to frame our thoughts within certain economic models that command expediency.