AG401A3 - Cristine Rojas Article 5 Land Ethic Aldo Leopold Authors Note Aldo Leopold Aldo Leopold is most notably known for by many to be the father of

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Cristine Rojas Article 5: “Land Ethic” Aldo Leopold April 16, 2017 Authors Note: Aldo Leopold Aldo Leopold is most notably known for by many to be “the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.” 1 His most famous writing which was published posthumously, “Land Ethic” that is considered to be an example of what an ethical, caring relationship between people and nature should be. Article #4 “Land Ethic” 1 Source:
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Notes: Humans exist within an integrated community of life that asl includes other animals, plants, rocks, soils, and waters. Leopold called this the “biotic community” or “the land” humans are “plain members and citizens” of the community Humans are morally obligated to act consistently with the long-term welfare of this community “Land health” is the conclusion of community functions that are ecologically synthesized Leopold’s Ethic extends moral value beyond human communities to cover collections of living things and ecosystems He invited others to embrace ethical stances that respect nature in lifelong effort to motivate people, to live in ways that are sustainable He criticized excessive predator control and pushed for measures to protect predators Five overlapping issues: What is the origin of the moral norm? How well does his concern for the land community fit with morals for humans and non-humans? What does he mean by preserving the biotic community’s “integrity, stability, and beauty”? How can this ethic gain attention over time? Is his view now irrelevant, due to increased understanding of the functions of nature? Focused his work on the welfare between the community and its members His ethical thinking was more of a rule of conduct governing behavior His thoughts on wildlife conservation were more leaning toward habitat conservation His land ethic was non-anthropocentric and holistic He considered the health of the overall community essential to long-term success of human well- being He called for human ecological awakening, where humans become fully aware of what they are doing to the biotic and stop what they are doing to fix the problems Some philosophers ignored Leopold’s ethic based on “moral considerability could never attach as Leopold seemed to propose, to an intangible aggregate such as the land community”
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