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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Environmental Ethics Part I The questions investigated by environmental ethics (1) If destroying some individual members of overpopulated indigenous species is necessary for the protection of the integrity of a certain ecosystem. Will these actions be morally permissible? (2) Is it morally acceptable for farmers in non-industrial countries to practice slash and burn techniques to clear areas for agriculture? (3) It is often said to be morally wrong for human beings to pollute and destroy parts of the natural resources. If this is wrong, is it simply because a sustainable environmental is essential to present and future human well-being? Or is such behavior wrong because the natural environment and its various contents have certain values in their own right so that these values ought to be respected and protected in any case? Part II The distinction between instrumental value and intrinsic value (1) Instrumental value is the value of things as means to further some other ends....
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