Ecological Humanism: A Moral Image for Our Emotive Culture

The Humanist 61 (1):27-30 (2001)
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Anglo-Americans tend to see themselves as isolated individuals who recognize that their self-interest requires them to cooperate and thus submit to moral rules or moral authorities as long as others agree to do the same. But this picture fails to acknowledge a deeper interconnectedness to the persons and places we live with, and so it fails to sustain an understanding of why our social and natural ecology is important to our flourishing. Fesmire advocates that we cultivate metaphors that more accurately reflect our interdependence and clarify why we must be more responsive to environing conditions. [Abstract adapted from the revised version of this article reprinted in in Moral Soundings: The Crisis of Values in Contemporary Life, edited by Dwight Furrow (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004)]
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