ethics summary 2

ethics summary 2 - The central question of DesJardains...

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The central question of DesJardains’ chapter on ethical theory and the environment is whether or not we should protect endangered species. Many argue that species preservation needs to be in equilibrium with economic growth, something that is hard to accomplish when protected species inhibit construction and thus expansion of cites. DesJardains states that environmental policy should strive to maximize public benefits and minimize public costs. Others believe that species preservation contributes to human well being, that plants and animals have intrinsic value, or that these species simply have a right to life. So what ought the human population do in the case of protecting or not protecting endangered species? To answer this question, the reader is presented with three ethical theories: utilitarianism, deontology, and teleological (virtue) theory. Utilitarianism advises us to act in ways that maximize overall social benefits. Fundamentally, utilitarianism is a consequentialist approach to ethics, which means it is reasoned
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course ENVS 3040 taught by Professor Hale during the Spring '11 term at Colorado.

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