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The Earth Charter and Beyond: Prioritizing Natural Space

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In this paper I give reasons for holding that the Earth Charter's support for the preservation of natural ecosystems needs to be undergirded by rigorous theory. To assist with this, I off er a continuum-based defi nition of the concept of "Natural Primordial Space" (viz. NPS) and then off er reasons for believing that NPS is worthwhile both (1) intrinsically, and (2) contingently—as an enhancer of the moral quality of human life. I conclude by suggesting that the merits of this part of earth's environment justify giving the preservation of NPS a pre-eminent ranking on any prioritized list of Earth Charter concerns.


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