Environmental Ethics

Volume 13, Issue 1, Spring 1991

Steven Keller, Sallie King, Steven Kraft
Pages 23-47

Process Philosophy and Minimalism: Implications for Public Policy

Using process philosophy, especially its view of nature and its ethic, we develop a process-based environmental ethic embodying minimalism and beneficience. From this perspective, we criticize the philosophy currently underlying public policy and examine some alternative approaches based on phenomenology and ethnomethodology. We conclude that process philosophy, minus its value hierarchy, is a powerful tool capable of supporting both radical and n10derate changes in environmental policy.