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Barbara Muraca
Oregon State University
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    The Map of Moral Significance: A New Axiological Matrix for Environmental Ethics.Barbara Muraca - 2011 - Environmental Values 20 (3):375 - 396.
    One main issue within environmental ethics is the so-called Demarcation Problem, i.e. the question of which entities are members of the moral community and hold intrinsic value. I argue that the demarcation problem relies mainly on Kantian moral philosophy. While the Kantian framework offers a strong and immediately deontological argument for moral agents holding inherent moral values, it presents problems when stretched beyond its original scope and lacks an adequate ground for addressing relational complexity and the moral significance of collectives. (...)
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    Relational Values.Barbara Muraca - 2016 - Balkan Journal of Philosophy 8 (1):19-38.
    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 (...)
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    Decroissance: A Project for a Radical Transformation of Society.Barbara Muraca - 2013 - Environmental Values 22 (2):147-169.
    Décroissance has established itself in Southern Europe as a significant and heterogeneous societal movement, which fosters a renaissance of traditional streams of thought in social and political philosophy while opening a field for new actualisations. While the term Décroissance can be traced back to an authorised translation of Georgescu-Roegen’s ‘declining state’, the idea of Décroissance – as it is widely employed by social movements – encompasses more than the critique of GDP as a measure for well-being. It embodies a radical (...)
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    Teleology and the Life Sciences: Between Limit Concept and Ontological Necessity.Barbara Muraca - 2014 - In Spyridon A. Koutroufinis (ed.), Life and Process: Towards a New Biophilosophy. De Gruyter. pp. 37-72.
    Against the background of the current discussion about self-organization theories and complexity theories and their application within biology and ecology, the question of teleology gains a new significance. Some scholars insist on the total elimination of any reference to teleology from the realm of the natural sciences. However, it seems especially hard to eradicate teleological expressions from scientific language when the issue of understanding living beings is at stake. For this reason, other scholars opt for a middle path that allows (...)
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    Welt, Umwelt, Mitwelt: Cultural, Natural, and Social World as Complex Intertwined Field of Internal Relations.Barbara Muraca - 2005 - Process Studies 34 (1):98-116.
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    Welt, Umwelt, Mitwelt: Cultural, Natural, and Social World as Complex Intertwined Field of Internal Relations: The Contribution of Process Thought to a General Theory of Sustainability.Barbara Muraca - 2005 - Process Studies 34 (1):98-116.
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    Ecology Between Natural Science and Environmental Ethics.Barbara Muraca - 2008 - In Michel Weber (ed.), Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought. De Gruyter. pp. 69-86.
    In his works Whitehead never directly addresses the topic of ecology, so we must first explain the fundamental relevance of this term for process thought as well as the essential contribution of Whitehead’s philosophy of organism for an ecological approach. It is no overstatement to assert that Whitehead’s metaphysic can provide a coherent and adequate theoretical support for a hard-core ecological worldview. Whitehead offers both a challenging framework for ecology as both a science and an ethical and spiritual vision. In (...)
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  8. Denken im Grenzgebiet: Prozessphilosophische Grundlagen einer Theorie starker Nachhaltigkeit.Barbara Muraca - 2010 - Alber Verlag.
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