Environmental Ethics

Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 1979

Robert C. Oelhaf
Pages 329-339

Environmental Ethics
Atomistic Abstraction or Holistic Affection?

For conventional economics things have value only to the degree that they give pleasure to individual human beings. In response to continuing environmental deterioration several alternatives have been offered for valuing resources and allocating them between generations. Most of these approaches are highly abstract. The deterioration of the Earth and the mistreatment of its inhabitants will not be stemmed by abstractions. Neither will abstract ideas direct us to the best use of our resources. We need to foster personal relationships between human beings and particular portions of the Earth.