Hoffman and Derr

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Hoffman and Derr are both authors who have strong feelings about environmental ethics. They both make pretty strong arguments; however, they disagree on some points. In this essay I will further explain on what basis these authors disagree.
Hoffman argues that nature has intrinsic value meaning it has value in and of itself. He is supportive of the bio centric ethic which includes all things which are alive or are integral parts of the ecosystem as deserving moral consideration. Hoffman is very critical of the homocentric view which believes that the environment is only as valuable as we make it. Meaning that things are based deemed valuable only if they are beneficial to human well being and development. Hoffman associates the …show more content…

“Nature is made for us, as we are made for God.” (381) Rae and Wong would agree with Hoffman that things have intrinsic value because they are the object of a loving and creative God. “Thus the environment has intrinsic value because God has created it and it reflects his glory.” (396) Rae and Wong also agree with Derr that humanity was commanded by God to subdue the Earth for its own benefit. “Human being’s dominion over creation and the command to subdue the earth

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