We understand by “environmental humanities” a new paradigm in human and social sciences, resolutely not constructivist, nor determinist, in the sense that it applies impossibility of understanding the evolution of the societies without resorting to the natural third. It is not question then of denying a form of autonomy of the social, but it is a question of affirming that the relations of the societies to themselves could not be understood without integrating the relations to the environment. At the time when we run up against the limits of the biosphere, this recall is vital.
The human and social sciences were precisely formed owing to natural dualism human/nature, namely of the assertion according to which the societies constitute a specific phenomenon, governed by its own laws, different from the natural laws.
Environmental humanities are dedicated to reconsider the society and the social change in general, according to the relation of the human communities to the biosphere.
Within this group, the following axes cause more developed research: