Natural Law and Virtue Ethics Response to Environmental Ethics

  • Natural Law:
  • Central principle to do good and avoid evil would suggest care for the environment
  • However humans as conscious beings are of higher worth than environment
  • Some natural law followers may look at the purposes/telos of the natural world, giving it intrinsic worth. 
  • Primary precepts are very revolved around humans and could entail the destruction of environment/harming animals etc. if it meant feeding or providing for humans thus preserving life. 
  • Virtue Ethics:
  • Aristotle talks of heirarchy with humans at the top suggesting conservationist approach to environmental…


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