Environmental Ethics: An Interactive Introduction by Andrew Kernohan

By Andrew Kernohan

This publication explains the elemental suggestions of environmental ethics and applies them to worldwide environmental difficulties. the writer concisely introduces simple ethical theories, discusses how those theories may be prolonged to contemplate the non-human global, and examines how environmental ethics interacts with sleek society’s financial method of the surroundings. on-line multiple-choice questions inspire the reader’s energetic studying.

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Consider the view that ethics is relative to individuals themselves and not to the cultures of which they are members. Everyone can legitimately have different ethical principles that are true for them though not necessarily for anyone else. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this view? indd 26 EN V I RON M EN TA L ET HIC S 12-07-23 2:49 PM Chapter 3 E t hical A n aly s i s Environmental policies make recommendations for action and give reasons for those recommendations. The ethical analysis of environmental policy requires examining these reasons and recommendations using the conceptual tools of normative ethics.

This chapter has introduced an almost overwhelming flood of new concepts, some of which may not yet be clear. Future chapters will return to this material, making it more easily understood, and expanding on its relevance to critical reflection on environmental policy. S u mmary 1. The first step in an ethical analysis of environmental policy is to recognize which aspects of its reasoning and recommendations involve action-guiding, ethical judgments. 2. The second step is to identify what ethical reasons implicitly support a policy’s recommendations.

To begin learning some of the types of theories appealed to by different ethical approaches. 1. ” We have to be careful, though, because sometimes policy recommendations are strategic rather than ethical. For example, the above policy statement might be based, not on ethics, but on a desire on the part of the Brazilian government to satisfy environmental organizations whose criticisms are costing Brazil foreign tourists and foreign trade. ” The apparently ethical term “should” signals a strategic, not an ethical, recommendation.

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