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Environmental Ethics

Volume 5, Issue 4, Winter 1983

Po-Keung Ip
Pages 335-343

Taoism and the Foundations of Environmental Ethics

I show how the Taoist philosophy, as examplified by both Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, is capable of providing a metaphysical foundation for environmental ethics. The Taoist concept of nature, the notions of ontological equality and axiological equality of beings, together with the doctrine of Wu Wei can fulfil, at least in a preliminary way, our purpose. The notion of a minimally coherent ethics is introduced and is shown to be pertinent to the construction of an ethics which bears a close relationship to science.

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