Truong NguyenArticle 5: “The Land Ethic”Eric T. FreyfogleOct 13, 2017Author Note:Eric FreyfogleThe author is the professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received his JD summa cum laudefrom the University of Michigan Law School, where he was managing editor of the Michigan Law Review.Professor Freyfogle is the author or editor of a dozen books dealing with issues of humans and nature, some focused on legal aspects, others reaching to larger cultural and social issues. His work is broadly interdisciplinary – drawing upon history, philosophy, biological sciences, economics, and literature – and is guided by a conservation ethicthat seeks better ways for humans to live in nature.
Article # 5 “The Land Ethic”NotesThe substance of Aldo Leopold land ethics was stated when he asserted that an interaction with nature “is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community”Leopold devoted considerable effort to understanding how the biotic community functions and needs to function if it to retain its productive capacity.The land ethic reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land.Aldo Leopold understands that predator control could help private landowners enhance crop of wild game on their land and it could improve alternative land uses.Ethics as a body of normative ideals that constrain individuals in daily life as they pursue their self-interest. The change in the number are needs to uphold the healthy functioning of the community is the charge of ecofascism.In the practical work of conservation, efforts to preserve such collective wholes are unlikely to collide with efforts to sustain land health.The term typically refers to the totality of species and perhaps also to the full range of biological assemblies that existed in a particular landscape before humans arrived.Leopold defined an ethic as “the tendency of interdependent individuals or groups to evolve mode of co-operation”
Leopold believed members of moral community gradually expand the size and composition of their community, pushed by invisible evolutionary forces.Leopold viewed natural system as organized into coherent, persistent communities that retain their composition and functioning until disturbed by external, often anthropogenic, force.