Journal of Religious Ethics 27 (1):129-136 (1999)

Nancy Frankenberry
Dartmouth College
The philosophical question Nunez raises is whether we can have, as he thinks we need, a theoretical grounding for appeal to the intrinsic value of nature. This article examines the neopragmatist reasons for repudiating metaphysical realism's notions of intrinsicality and subject-independent reality. Following the holism of Donald Davidson and Richard Rorty rather than the epistemological premises of Holmes Rolston and Bernard Lonergan, the author concludes that coping with the ecological crisis does not require conjuring an epistemic crisis. Environmental ethics in neopragmatist hands would seek procedures for bringing about agreement in improving our practices, not our epistemology
Keywords holism  epistemic justification  environmental ethics  neopragmatism  intrinsic value
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DOI 10.1111/0384-9694.00008
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