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And: what kinds of persons will we become if we do likewise? It explicitly contrasts such a life with the materialism that has subsequently gotten us into so much environmental trouble. Or perhaps it began a century or so earlier, half a world away, in the sayings eventually collected in the Tao Te Ching , with their emphasis on non-doing wu wei and acceptance of the world as it is:. Whatever its origins, EVE now appears to be a vital part of the environmental philosophy landscape. Whether you look to it for an alternative to other theoretical approaches to environmental ethics, or as a complement to them, there are a number of ways EVE clarifies our environmental choices and responsibilities:.
If claims about which character traits are environmental virtues are to be more than rhetoric, there must be some basis or standard for evaluation. This naturalistic, teleological, pluralistic, and inclusive account of what makes a character trait an environmental virtue can be such a standard. It is naturalistic because it is consistent with and motivated by scientific naturalism. It is teleological because character traits are evaluated according to how well they promote certain ends. It is pluralistic because those ends are both agent-relative and agent-independent. It is inclusive because it counts environmentally justified, environmentally responsive and environmentally productive virtues as environmental virtues.
In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth cf.
The US is an increasingly urban country. As a consequence of this, generations of children are growing up having had limited to no contact with the natural world. We now have a need to stay within a 2 degrees Celcius limit if we are to avoid disastrous effects.
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Philosophy Environmental Ethics Environmental Science Colorado College Ben Bayer Fall , Block 2 Course description A majority of Americans describe themselves as environmentalists, but there is less agreement about what it means to be an environmentalist. Most understand it to mean some kind of concern for nature, but few explicitly articulate what kind of concern they mean, or what kind of reasons are supposed to prompt this concern. This course will focus on exploring and evaluating the meaning and rationale for this concern, under the guidance of contemporary ethical and meta-ethical theory. The course begins by motivating the need to understand Environmental concern in light of ethical theory, rather than simply in light of common sense intuitions. Link to this page:. We discuss the conflicts that are bound to arise among various Environmental concerns without the aid of theory. Only then do we begin to uncover the numerous ethical frameworks philosophers have adopted to systematize and undergird their visions of Environmental concern.
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