Relational Values

Balkan Journal of Philosophy 8 (1):19-38 (2016)

Barbara Muraca
Oregon State University
In this paper I develop a framework for environmental philosophy on the ground of what I call a radical relationalism based on Whitehead’s thought. Accordingly, relations are ontologically prior to and constitutive of entities rather than being conceived as external link between them. On this ground an alternative, relational axiology can be developed that challenges the current environmental ethics debate and its dichotomy between intrinsic and instrumental values. In the last section, I show how such an axiology can become an important ally for global environmental justice struggles and help support what the anthropologist Arturo Escobar calls a “decolonial view of nature.”
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Relational Values  Environmental Philosophy  Whitehead
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ISBN(s) 1313-888X
DOI 10.5840/bjp2016813
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