Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

13 p.

Publication Date

6-2004

Publisher

Brill

Source Publication

World Views: Environment, Culture, Religion

Source ISSN

1363-5247

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1163/1568535042690844

Abstract

Contrā Dale Jamieson, the study of the metaethical foundations of environmental ethics may well lead students to a more environmentally responsible way of life. For although metaethics is rarely decisive in decision making and action, there are two kinds of circumstances in which it can play a crucial role in our practical decisions. First, decisions that have unusual features do not summon habitual ethical reactions, and hence invite the application of ethical precepts that the study of metaethics and ethical theory isolate and clarify. Second, there are times in which the good of others (including organisms and systems in the natural world) may well be given greater weight in one’s ethical deliberations if theory has made clear that the good to be promoted is ontologically independent of one’s own good.

Comments

Accepted version. World Views: Environment, Culture, Religion, Vol. 8, No. 2-3 (June 2004): 185-197. DOI. © Brill Academic Publishers 2004. Used with permission.

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