RELG 270 - Deep Ecology

RELG 270 - Deep Ecology - RELG 270 Deep Ecology A branch of...

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RELG 270 Deep Ecology A branch of ecosophy (ecological philosophy) founded by Arne Naess • Deep ecologists are concerned with decentralizing the place of humans in ethics ○ "the essence of deep ecology is to ask deeper questions. .. We ask which society, which education, which form of religion is beneficial for all life on the planet as a whole." • "the arrogance of stewardship [as found in the Bible] consists in the idea of superiority which underlie the thought that we exist to watch over nature like a highly respected middleman between the Creator and Creation" ○ Stewardship implies that humans stand in front of the rest of creation (arrogance) • Humans are 'plain members of the biotic community' • No single species of living being has more of this particular right to live and unfold than any other species The Problem Ø http://www.deepecology.org/index.htm • The loss of traditional knowledge, values, and ethics of behaviour that celebrate the intrinsic value and sacredness of the natural world • The assumption of human superiority to other life forms, as if we were granted royalty status over Nature • The idea that Nature is mainly here to serve human will and purpose • The prevailing economic and development paradigms of the modern world, which place primary importance on the values of the market, not on Nature
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2011 for the course RELG 270 taught by Professor Coreylabreque during the Winter '08 term at McGill.

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RELG 270 - Deep Ecology - RELG 270 Deep Ecology A branch of...

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