Wrongness, Wisdom, and Wilderness: Toward a Libertarian Theory of Ethics and the Environment

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SUNY Press, 1.01.1997 г. - 218 страници
This surprising work may well change our ideas about what libertarianism is and what it can be. Tal Scriven elaborates and defends a libertarian theory of social ethics that can support welfare, reverse discrimination, and environmental preservationism; biocentrism, Nietzschean perspectivism, and laws requiring good Samaritanism; and utilitarianism, the social contract theory, and legal moralism--all at the same time. In the process, he offers strikingly original analyses of figures as varied as Plato, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Dewey.

The first part of the book articulates a libertarian approach to the ethics of social policy, arguing that the principle of utility should be understood, in judging social policy, through application of the principle of harm, or wrongness. Part II draws on Plato, Nietzsche, and Mill to give an account of ideas relevant to moral reflection on individual lives, analyzing various theories of prudential wisdom that apply to the private realm of purely personal action. Part III deals with our relationship, as individuals and societies, to nature. Scriven argues that nothing logically prevents a well-constructed libertarianism from supporting environmental-ethics positions at least as radical as biocentrism, although he finds deep problems with going as far as ecocentrism and its postmodern variants.

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Self and State A Historical Perspective
7
Self and State A Theoretical Perspective
15
Utility and Social Ethics
21
Utility and Individual Ethics
31
Utility Harm and Liberty
37
Refinements
47
Applications
63
Political Consent Individual Choice and Moral Justification
87
Friendship Love Marriage and Gender
129
Anthropocentrism and Ecocentrism
147
Modernist Biocentrism and Ecocentrism
151
Postmodern Ecocentrism and Ecofeminism
169
Wrongness and Wilderness
177
Wisdom and Wilderness
183
NOTES
191
BIBLIOGRAPHY
209

Egoism Altruism and Virtue
95
Individualism
107
Sublimation
113

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Tal Scriven is Professor of Philosophy at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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