Environmental Philosophy 13 (2):215-238 (2016)

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Jonathan Beever
University of Central Florida
Nicolae Morar
University of Oregon
Abstract
Questions of individuality are traditionally predicated upon recognizing discrete entities whose behavior can be measured and whose value and agency can be meaningfully ascribed. We consider a series of challenges to the metaphysical concept of individuality as the ground of the self. We argue that an ecological conception of individuality renders ascriptions of autonomy to selves highly improbable. We find conceptual resources in the work of environmental philosopher Arne Naess, whose distinction between shallow and deep responses helps us rethink the notion of individuality and, thus, assess whether the conceptual and normative coherence of human autonomy could, at least partially, be salvaged.
Keywords bioethics  ecological individual  autonomy  microbial biology
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ISBN(s) 1718-0198
DOI 10.5840/envirophil201692937
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