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Title: Under Darwin’s Cosh: Neo-Aristotelian Thinking in Environmental Ethics
Author(s): Wheeler, Michael
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Issue Date: Dec-2005
Date Deposited: 29-Aug-2013
Citation: Wheeler M (2005) Under Darwin’s Cosh: Neo-Aristotelian Thinking in Environmental Ethics. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, 56, pp. 22-23.
Abstract: First paragraph: As a first shot, one might say that environmental ethics is concerned distinctively with the moral relations that exist between, on the one hand, human beings and, on the other, the non-human natural environment. But this really is only a first shot. For example, one might be inclined to think that at least some components of the non-human natural environment (non-human animals, plants, species, forests, rivers, ecosystems, or whatever) have independent moral status, that is, are morally considerable in their own right, rather than being of moral interest only to the extent that they contribute to human well-being. If so, then one might be moved to claim that ethical matters involving the environment are best cashed out in terms of the dutes and responsibilities that human beings have to such components. If, however, one is inclined to deny independent moral status to the non-human natural environment or to any of its components, then one might be moved to claim that the ethical matters in question are exhaustively delineated by those moral relations existing between individual human beings, or between groups of human beings, in which the non-human natural environment figures. One key task for the environmental ethicist is to sort out which, if either, of these perspectives is the right one to adopt-as a general position or within particular contexts. I guess I don't need to tell you that things get pretty complicated pretty quickly.
DOI Link: 10.1017/S1358246105056122
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement / Volume 56 / December 2005 , pp 22-23 Copyright © The Royal Institute of Philosophy and the contributors 2005. The original publication is available at:

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