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Finding Value in Nature

Thomas Hill Jr.

Environmental Values 15(2006): 331-341. doi: 10.3197/096327106778226266


This paper explores the idea that a proper valuing of natural environments is essential to (and not just a natural basis for) a broader human virtue that might be called 'appreciation of the good'. This kind of valuing can explain, without any commitment to a metaphysics of intrinsic values, how and why it is good to value certain natural phenomena for their own sakes. The objection that such an approach is excessively human-centred is considered and rebutted.

KEYWORDS: Intrinsic value, value in nature, anthropocentrism, virtue ethics

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Bruno Latour and the Ontological Dissolution of Nature in the Social Sciences: A Critical Review. Jacques Pollini

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