WEEKLY ASSIGNMENT THREE 1 5 - Land Ethic.pdf Due Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017 11:59 PM Daniyal Tahir
WEEKLY ASSIGNMENT THREE 2 Notes The article, “Land Ethic” by Aldo Leopold is based on the notion of “ethics” which he believed cause individuals to strive for their goals, ambitions, and interests in life. Ethics seem to strengthen an individuals own self goals and interests and thus causes individuals to take interest in the welfare of the community and its members. Leopold also talks about the value of land communities because he perceived it as something that represented an intrinsic value to humans mainly due to the essential ecological functions and benefits that land communities have on humans and the surrounding environment. Specifically, Leopold defined the concept of land ethics as “an internal change in our intellectual emphasis, loyalties, affections, and convictions” (Leopold 1949, p.210). Another interesting fact about this article that expounds on the points mentioned earlier is the relationship that ethics has on moral communities and how overtime they expand in such communities that provide essential benefits and functions to society and its people. Expounding on this viewpoint, Leopold asserted the importance of how humans are individuals that have limited knowledge, thinking, reason, and capacity of certain aspects in society. This means that humans have little to no knowledge of the proper functioning and benefits about their own land. From a ethical perspective, Leopold believed that ethics is based upon the fact that humans perceive and interact with nature in varying ways that changes overtime. This causes them to either be independent from their community or causes them to coalesce with their communities in order to make a difference in the world.
WEEKLY ASSIGNMENT THREE 3 Reading # 5; The Land Ethic – Aldo Leopold Answer the following questions in detail: 1.What was the substance of Leopold’s ethics? According to him, what made human actions morally right? How wide was the scope of his moral community? What did he mean by ‘the land’?
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