The Moral Considerability of Beings 1

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Ryan Amann Philosophy of the Environment The Moral Considerability of the Non-Human World This chapter deals with the idea that we may soon require a ‘“new environmental ethic” that breaks radically with what are taken to be existing Western traditions of ethical theory’ (pg. 92). But what’s wrong with the old environmental ethic? Environmental ethicists like Richard Sylvan claim that traditional ethical theories have contributed to the growing environmental crisis. The theories and ethics we once used are now ill-suited to formulate moral reasons for protecting nature because they don’t take morality or moral obligations of non-sentient beings into account. That being said, it is now our duty to look forward and examine possibilities for a brand new environmental ethic, whose main goal is to expand the boundaries of moral considerability. A good place to start when determining the ramifications of a possible new environmental ethic is the last man example. The general idea of the last man example is
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