Negotiating Environmental Rights

Author: Bryson, Ken

Source: Ethics, Place and Environment, Volume 11, Number 3, October 2008 , pp. 351-366(16)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Abstract:

Environmental ethics arises as the output of a trade-off between our rights and nature's right to life. This negotiation secures the possibility of achieving sustainable developments, if it is conducted fairly. The rights of persons are delimited by their origin, as are the rights of the other. A person is the output of relationships taking place at three levels: (1) a material self; (2) a social self; and (3) a private or internal self. Pollution and war serve as an epitaph to remind us of failed ethical trade-offs in these associations.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13668790802559734

Affiliations: Philosophy and Religion Centre, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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