Environmental Ethics And Its Impact On The Environment

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ntroduction and Thesis
Environmental ethics is a branch of philosophy that examines human relationships to, and the ways they interact with, the environment. When it was noticed, that the increasing world population was negatively impacting the environment, as well as the use of pesticides, technology and industrialization, environmental ethics emerged as a field of study. Environmental ethics takes into consideration the value and moral standing of the environment and its non-human entities. It focuses on the value humans place on nature and defines their moral and ethical obligations to it, and there place in it.

Moral standing is when value is placed on certain things and this value is used to determine if something is morally acceptable or not. Humans have moral standing when they do something for the individuals sake and not for their or someone else ' benefit. There are different ethical approaches that focus on the morality (right or wrong) of human behavior and their impact on the environment, and this paper covers five that will argue for the best suited to resolve environmental issues. This paper argues that Ecocentric Ethics is the best approach to environmental ethics.

Explanation of Views
This section examines the theories of Immanuel Kant, Tom Regan, Peter Singer, Paul Taylor, Aldo Leopold, and Arne Naess. These philosophers have different approaches to environmental ethics, and this paper discusses what constitutes moral standing, who or what deserves it,…
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