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On the Possibility of Evidence for Intrinsic Value in Nature
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (USSTE)
2013 (English)In: Ethics and the Environment, ISSN 1085-6633, E-ISSN 1535-5306, Vol. 18, no 2, 101-114 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the most common projects among environmental ethicists is to develop theories according to which some non-human natural entities possess intrinsic value. However, this project has not been unchallenged. From time to time we have seen efforts to refute it, the claim being that not only are the particular theories suggested flawed, but the very idea of intrinsic value in nature—at least in some allegedly important sense of “intrinsic value”—is in principle indefensible. One of the latest contributions to this line of efforts was recently provided by Toby Svoboda, whose target is mind-independent intrinsic value of non-human entities. Svoboda elegantly argues that there is no evidence for the existence of such value in non-humans, and that hence the position that some non-humans have such value is unjustified. In this paper I aim to show that Svoboda’s argument, elegant as it is, nevertheless is flawed.

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Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. Vol. 18, no 2, 101-114 p.
Keyword [en]
intrinsic value in nature, environmental ethics
National Category
Philosophy Ethics
Research subject
Ethics; Practical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80911OAI: diva2:651948
Available from: 2013-09-27 Created: 2013-09-27 Last updated: 2014-01-21Bibliographically approved

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