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The ABCs of Relational Values: Environmental Values That Include Aspects of Both Intrinsic and Instrumental Valuing

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In this paper we suggest an interpretation of the concept of 'relational value' that could be useful in both environmental ethics and empirical analyses. We argue that relational valuing includes aspects of intrinsic and instrumental valuing. If relational values are attributed, objects are appreciated because the relationship with them contributes to the human flourishing component of well-being (instrumental aspect). At the same time, attributing relational value involves genuine esteem for the valued item (intrinsic aspect). We also introduce the notions of mediating and indirect relational environmental values, attributed in relationships involving people as well as environmental objects. We close by proposing how our analysis can be used in empirical research.

Keywords: cultural ecosystem services; eudaimonia; instrumental values; intrinsic values; relational values

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2021

This article was made available online on October 14, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "The ABCs of Relational Values: Environmental Values That Include Aspects of Both Intrinsic and Instrumental Valuing".

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  • Environmental Values is an international peer-reviewed journal that brings together contributions from philosophy, economics, politics, sociology, geography, anthropology, ecology and other disciplines, which relate to the present and future environment of human beings and other species. In doing so we aim to clarify the relationship between practical policy issues and more fundamental underlying principles or assumptions.

    Environmental Values has a Journal Impact Factor (2022) of 2.2. 5 Year Impact Factor: 2.5.
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