Duties Regarding Nature: A Kantian Environmental Ethic by Toby Svoboda

By Toby Svoboda

In this booklet, Toby Svoboda develops and defends a Kantian environmental advantage ethic, hard the widely-held view that Kant's ethical philosophy has little to provide environmental ethics. to the contrary, Svoboda contends that on Kantian grounds, there is sweet ethical cause to care approximately non-human organisms of their personal correct and to worth their flourishing independently of human pursuits, because doing so is constitutive of sure (environmental) virtues. Svoboda argues that Kant’s account of oblique tasks concerning nature can flooring a compelling environmental ethic: the Kantian responsibility to enhance morally virtuous inclinations strictly proscribes unnecessarily harming organisms, and it additionally offers us ethical reason to act in ways in which profit such organisms. Svoboda’s account engages the new literature on environmental advantage (including Rosalind Hursthouse, Philip Cafaro, Ronald Sandler, Thomas Hill, and Louke van Wensveen) and offers an unique argument for an environmental ethic firmly rooted in Kant’s ethical philosophy.

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