He presented a version of this paper at the Thirty-Ninth Annual Star Island Conference of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS), “Global Ecology and Human Destiny,” Star Island, New Hampshire, 25 July-I August 1992.
PERSONS IN NATURE: TOWARD AN APPLICABLE AND UNIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2005
Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 441–453, December 1993
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Ferré, F. (1993), PERSONS IN NATURE: TOWARD AN APPLICABLE AND UNIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS. Zygon, 28: 441–453. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1993.tb01049.x
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2005
Abstract. Two major contenders for the role of robust environmental ethics claim our allegiance. One is Baird Callicott's, based on the land ethic formulated by Aldo Leopold; the other is that of Holmes Rolston, 111, sharply distinguishing environmental from social (human) ethics. Despite their many strengths, neither gives us the vision we need. Callicott's ethic leaves too much out of his picture; Rolston's leaves too much disconnected between nature and humankind. A really usable environmental ethic needs to be both comprehensive and integrated. For that, we need a worldview that includes the human in nature but also affirms the unique values of personhood.