The emergence of a pragmatist counterpoint to this nonanthropocentric project in the s was driven by a deep dissatisfaction among some philosophers with the ethical and methodological bent of this form of theory in environmental ethics. The pragmatist assessment of mainstream i. As I continued my work in the field over the next decade, I, too, would become increasingly concerned about the flight from the humanistic values of culture and experience by many nonanthropocentric philosophers, a move that I viewed then—and still see— as undercutting rather than supporting sound environmental policy goals.
Even if these writers are personally opposed to human-oriented approaches to environmental obligation and policy agenda setting, this does not seem like an intelligent or politically savvy move for the field as a whole to make, given the need to build broad coalitions and constituencies for conservation and environmental protection.
This is unfortunate, especially given the widely recognized imperative to develop integrative policy linkages among international health and development projects, the maintenance of ecosystem services, and long-term biodiversity protection see, e.
But one of the most distressing aspects of this mode of environmental ethics —and a problem that I believe has not disappeared from the literature—is the highly ideological and potentially undemocratic character of the strong version of the nonanthropocentric program.
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Institutional Login. LOG IN. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: 2 Democracy and Environmental Ethics A Justification Introduction: The Price of Purity In Chapter 1, I describe the rise and development of academic environmental ethics in the s and s as a quest for a radically new environmental worldview and value framework that would be unequivocally nonanthropocentric , recognizing the intrinsic value of natural entities and processes and establishing direct duties to promote the good or interests of nature.
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What are Environmental Ethics and Our Moral Responsibilities
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