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Alienation from nature and early German romanticism. / Stone, Alison.

In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 17, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 41-54.

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Stone, A 2014, 'Alienation from nature and early German romanticism', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 41-54. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10677-013-9467-7

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Stone, Alison. / Alienation from nature and early German romanticism. In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 2014 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 41-54.

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