David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Environmental Ethics 21 (3):267-276 (1999)
In Maori tradition, all creatures are naturally sacred or tapu, and cannot be used without ritual removal of the tapu, a symbolic acknowledgment of the mana of the gods concerned. Although there is a religious dimension to tapu, it is also the natural state of all creatures, reflecting the idea that they have intrinsic worth. The theist aspect of tapu can be bypassed: tapu is the mana of the atua or gods, whocan be seen as personifications of or indeed identical with areas of the natural world. In this way, the mana of the gods is seen as the mana of nature itself, and respect for the tapu of a creature turns out quite like the familiar idea of respect for its intrinsic value or its ecological value. We might conclude that the environmental mana of the human species is currently negative, and this conclusion in turn might persuade us to change our ways
|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
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Damian Cox (1997). On the Value of Natural Relations. Environmental Ethics 19 (2):173-183.
Lori Gruen (2002). Refocusing Environmental Ethics: From Intrinsic Value to Endorsable Valuations. Philosophy and Geography 5 (2):153 – 164.
Peter Miller (1982). Value as Richness: Toward a Value Theory for the Expanded Naturalism in Environmental Ethics. Environmental Ethics 4 (2):101-114.
Robert Elliot (2005). Instrumental Value in Nature as a Basis for the Intrinsic Value of Nature as a Whole. Environmental Ethics 27 (1):43-56.
Anthony Weston (1985). Beyond Intrinsic Value: Pragmatism in Environmental Ethics. Environmental Ethics 7 (4):321-339.
Richard A. Lee Jr (2001). Mana and Logos. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 22 (2):29-48.
A. A. Goldenweiser (1915). Spirit, Mana, and the Religious Thrill. Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods 12 (23):632-640.
John Patterson (1994). Maori Environmental Virtues. Environmental Ethics 16 (4):397-409.
John Patterson (2000). Mana: Yin and Yang. Philosophy East and West 50 (2):229-241.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads2 ( #343,262 of 1,098,129 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #283,807 of 1,098,129 )
How can I increase my downloads?