David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Environmental Ethics 18 (2):149-163 (1996)
A complete environmental ethic must include a theory of motivation to assure that the demands of that ethic are within the capacity of human beings. J. Baird Callicott has argued that these requisite sentiments may be found in the moral psychology of David Hume, enriched by the insights of Charles Darwin. I reply that, on the contrary, Humean moral sentiments are more likely to incline one toanthropocentrism than to Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, which is defended by Callicott. This mismatch becomes more evident as Callicott attempts to enlist Humean moral sentiments in support of the Leopoldian “land community.” The disanalogies between human and natural communities, I argue, are too great to permit this application. The motivation we need to meet our duties as “citizens of the land community” must be of a nonmoral kind. I suggest that the necessary sentiments may be found in a genetically based “affirmation of nature” that has evolved out of our natural history as a species, shaped by the very forces and contexts that are now put in peril by our technology
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Y. S. Lo (2006). Making and Finding Values in Nature: From a Humean Point of View. Inquiry 49 (2):123 – 147.
Similar books and articles
Rachel Cohon (2012). Hume's Moral Sentiments As Motives. Hume Studies 36 (2):193-213.
Noriaki Iwasa (2011). Sentimentalism and the Is-Ought Problem. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 11 (33):323-352.
Charles Starkey (2007). The Land Ethic, Moral Development, and Ecological Rationality. Southern Journal of Philosophy 45 (1):149-175.
J. Baird Callicott (1980). Animal Liberation: A Triangular Affair. Environmental Ethics 2 (4):311-338.
Ernest Partridge (1982). Are We Ready for an Ecological Morality? Environmental Ethics 4 (2):175-190.
J. Baird Callicott (1992). Can a Theory of Moral Sentiments Support a Genuinely Normative Environmental Ethic? Inquiry 35 (2):183 – 198.
Brian K. Steverson (2003). Evolutionary Emotivism and the Land Ethic. Social Philosophy Today 19:65-77.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads6 ( #224,779 of 1,410,226 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #155,456 of 1,410,226 )
How can I increase my downloads?