[SydPhil] Reminder: Adrian Currie @ Thu 13 Mar 2014 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Adrian Currie
Cleaning up the Environment(al Ethics)

I clarify debate in environmental ethics by distinguishing two, in  
principle separable, tasks: 'characterization'  
and 'implementation'. 'Characterization' is a broadly anthropological  
project which aims to describe and systematize human regard for the  
environment. 'Implementation' asks which collective actions should be taken  
in order to protect the environment. Philosophers have run these two  
projects together. However, I argue they come apart: our regard for the  
environment does not necessarily guide how we ought to protect it. I  
consider two theses about the relationship between these projects:

Characterization grounds implementation (weak): the ways in which we value  
the environment provide reason to implement a program of environment  

Characterization grounds implementation (strong): the ways in which we  
value the environment, or the ideal environmental ethic, tell us how we  
ought to implement programmes of environmental protection, or strongly  
restrict what such projects should be like.

I argue that the weak thesis is almost certainly true, as any collection of  
the many non-mutually exclusive accounts of environmental value can be  
drawn on in support. However, prospects are grimmer for the strong thesis  
because of the distance between an ideal account of environmental value and  
realities on the ground. Having said this, I argue that both projects are  
independently interesting in philosophical and practical terms, and also  
point to aspects of the implementation project (such as awareness raising,  
funding and pedagogy) where the strong thesis looks more plausible.

When: Thu 13 Mar 2014 15:00 - 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, University of Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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