Environmental Ethics

Volume 20, Issue 1, Spring 1998

Arran E. Gare
Pages 3-21

MacIntyre, Narratives, and Environmental Ethics

While environmental philosophers have been striving to extend ethics to deal with future generations and nonhuman life forms, very little work has been undertaken to address what is perhaps a more profound deficiency in received ethical doctrines, that they have very little impact on how people live. I explore Alasdair MacIntyre’s work on narratives and traditions and defend a radicalization of his arguments as a direction for making environmental ethics efficacious.