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On Sacred or Secular Ground? Callicott and Environmental Ethics

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In Earth's Insights Baird Callicott develops a science-based but religiously influenced global environmental ethics that attempts to resolve the relationships between science, religion, and morality. He proposes to privilege science and relegate religion to a supportive and corrective role in environmental ethics. I argue, on the contrary, that a rationally compelling environmental ethics is dependent on religion and that, ironically, the only way to resolve conundrums regarding science, religion, and morality, is to stand environmental ethics on sacred ground.

Affiliations: 1: Environmental Studies University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 800 Algoma Blv Oshkosh, WI 54901-3551, USA


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