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Environmental Ethics

Volume 4, Issue 2, Summer 1982

Environmental Ethics and Contemporary Ethical Theory

Don E. Marietta, Jr.
Pages 153-162
DOI: 10.5840/enviroethics19824221

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.