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Paul Ott
Loyola University, Chicago
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    World and Earth: Hannah Arendt and the Human Relationship to Nature.Paul Ott - 2009 - Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (1):1-16.
    In place of traditional approaches in environmental ethics, I suggest an improved approach, with respect to the goal of improving the condition of the natural environment, called 'world mediation' through the use of Hannah Arendt's theory of the vita activa . This approach focuses on the relationship between human made worlds and nature, from which a theory of value is suggested. Intrinsic value theory and nature-culture monism are both criticized for an insufficient attention paid toward the human-nature relationship.
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    Ecological Freedom.Paul Ott - 2019 - Environmental Philosophy 16 (2):245-273.
    This article develops the idea of ‘ecological freedom’ from Aldo Leopold’s account of ecological relations in terms of the dual notions of the “freedom from want and fear” and the “freedom to make mistakes.” Through an analysis of Leopold’s thought on technology and civilization, I develop and argue for the claim that direct experience of ecological relations, or ecological freedom, is vital to meaningful human life. The absence of ecological freedom constitutes a form of ecological alienation, which is paired with (...)
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    Moral Pluralism, Moral Motivation, and Democracy: A Critique of Talisse’s Epistemic Justification of Democracy.Paul Ott - 2011 - Contemporary Pragmatism 8 (2):145-162.
    In Democracy and Moral Conflict, Robert Talisse defends a folk epistemological justification of democracy. This is a universalist and non-moral justification that he deems necessary to accommodate moral pluralism. In contrast, I argue that this attempt fails to justify democracy, on three grounds. First, democracy cannot accommodate moral pluralism, as Talisse understands it. Second, Talisse's own conception of democracy is inconsistent with moral pluralism. And third, democracy requires moral justification and motivation, both of which can be made consistent from within (...)
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    Cultural Revolutions: Reason Versus Culture in Philosophy.Paul Ott - 2006 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 34 (105):37-39.
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    Value as Practice and the Practice of Value: Dewey’s Value Theory for Environmental Ethics.Paul Ott - 2010 - Environmental Ethics 32 (3):285-304.
    John Dewey’s theory of value provides a strong alternative to traditional intrinsic value theory that can better address the need for a wide distribution of environmental values. Grounded in his theories of experience and inquiry, Dewey understands values as concrete practices acquired through the interaction of the human organism with its surroundings. Dividing value into acts of immediate valuation and acts of evaluation, Dewey shows that all values start out as desires and through reflective criticism eventuate in value practices. Value (...)
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