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The Ethical Architecture of the 'Open Road'

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image of Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology

The motorcar is a mobile embodiment, expression and encapsulation of modernity's economic, environmental and ethical relations. The moral ambiguities of the automobile, as a vehicle of both individual freedom and environmental destruction, distil the equivocal costs and benefits of modernity itself. Any environmental critique of 'car culture' must recognise the automobile's role in expressing and constituting our individualistic and instrumental ethical Sittlichkeit - the ethical architecture that dominates the public and private lives of the modem citizen.

Affiliations: 1: School of Social and Health Sciences University of Abertay Dundee 158 Marketgait Dundee DDI INJ, Scotland


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