Environmental Destruction: A Philosophical-Anthropological Perspective

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Environmental Destruction: A Philosophical-Anthropological Perspective

It is no secret anylonger that the ecological crisis puts mankind as a whole to an existential test which have to be solved in practice and in theory. So, by this the vast amount of literature can be explained which consequently led to the emergence of an own "genre" — the so called "ecoliterature" which herself is really dissonant and ambigious. In the meantime — besides other sources — almost all sciences take part in such kind of discussions what obviously can be traced back to the fact that the ecological crisis is such a substantial phenomena which leads therefore to numerous perceptions and different point of views.

Considering philosophy — for some the
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Since a long time philosophical anthropology boomed any longer — a fact which is reflected in the discussions on the ecological problems. But, if she takes her own field of research seriously — namely to investigate human beings in their diverse relationships to the world — she has to be troubled by her own scruples.

It is particularly this deficient situation why I concentrate in my considerations on the role of philosophical anthropology in the context with destructions of the environment in order to encourage to take part more offensively in topical environmental debates. But how is this possible?

First of all, philosophical anthropology has to give up her trait as an indifferent observer by concentrating on her own qualities and, above all, by trying to prepare the ground for an ecological anthropology (as one of other anthropological special disciplines) who could work closely together with a philosophy of technique. Of course, it is not simple to achieve this. The first significant condition is that philosophical anthropology has to defend herself against the accusation of being an accomplice of "anthropocentrism" because the last named can be unanimously regarded as one of the responsibles for environmental disasters. The second is that she has to demonstrate
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