Volume 4, Issue 2, Summer 1982
Environmental Ethics and Contemporary Ethical Theory
Don E. Marietta, Jr.
Knowledge and Obligation in Environmental Ethics
A Phenomenological Approach
Ecological ethics, in which ecological science informs the basic principles of morality, requires a significant revision of traditional metaethics, especially regarding the views (1) that moral judgments are justified by deductive argument, and (2) that there is a dichotomy between fact and value. This interpretation of the relationship between knowledge and obligation is grounded in the phenomenology of perception with special attention to the role of a person’s world view in the perception of both facts and values and the fittingness relation between perception, world view, and obligation.