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Environmental Ethics

Volume 15, Issue 3, Fall 1993

Geoffrey B. Frasz
Pages 259-274

Environmental Virtue Ethics
A New Direction for Environmental Ethics

In this essay, I first extend the insights of virtue ethics into environmental ethics and examine the possible dangers of this approach. Second, I analyze some qualities of character that an environmentally virtuous person must possess. Third, I evaluate “humility” as an environmental virtue, specifically, the position of Thomas E. Hill, Jr. I conclude that Hill’s conception of “proper” humility can be more adequately explicated by associating it with another virtue, environmental “openness.”

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