Environmental Ethics

Volume 22, Issue 3, Fall 2000

Lee Hester, Dennis McPherson, Annie Booth
Pages 273-290

Indigenous Worlds and Callicott’s Land Ethic

We assess J. Baird Callicott’s attempt in Earth’s Insights to reconcile his land ethic with the “environmental ethics” of indigenous peoples. We critique the rejection of ethical pluralism that informs this attempted rapprochement. We also assess Callicott’s strategy of grounding his land ethic in a postmodern scientific world view by contrasting it with the roles of “respect” and narrative in indigenous “ethics.”