On the Meaning of Eudemonic Arguments for a Deep Anthropocentric Environmental Ethics.

Ott, Konrad and Gordon, Elizabeth (2016) On the Meaning of Eudemonic Arguments for a Deep Anthropocentric Environmental Ethics. New German Critique, 43 (2 128). pp. 105-126. DOI 10.1215/0094033x-3511895.

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There are three broad categories of values in environmental ethics: instrumental, inherent moral, and eudemonistic. While instrumental values refer to ways humans are reliant on nature, inherent moral values give natural beings direct moral standing. Eudemonic values can pave the way to a “deep” anthropo-related approach. The article substantiates this claim in six steps. First, it criticizes the dichotomy between instrumental and inherent values. Second, eudemonic values are grounded in the phenomenological concept of experience. It is argued that experiences must be articulated through language. Third, eudemonic values are traced back to Goethean and Romantic traditions. Fourth, the scope of eudemonic values is opened. Fifth, the paradigm example of experiencing natural beauty is presented. Sixth, the gap between phenomenology, eudemonic values, and morals is addressed. In respect to morals, eudemonic values refer to Immanuel Kant's notion of “humanity within personhood.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: environmental ethics, phenomenology of nature, environmental aesthetics, humanism
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1215/0094033x-3511895
ISSN: 0094-033X
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2017 20:52
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 14:46
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/37175

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