On the Environmental Ethics of the Tao and the Ch’i

Environmental Ethics 8 (4):351-370 (1986)

Chung-Ying Cheng
University of Hawaii
How the Tao applies to the ecological understanding of the human environment for the purpose of human well-being as well as for the hannony of nature is an interesting and crucial issue for both environmentalists and philosophers of the Tao. I formulate five basic axioms for an environmental ethic of the Tao: the axiom of total interpenetration; the axiom of self-transformation; the axiom of creative spontaneity; the axiom of a will not to will; and the axiom of non-attaching attachment. I show that each axiom generates important consequences for environmental ethics and that together they provide a necessary foundation for environmental ethics.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  General Interest
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DOI enviroethics19868436
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