Volume 2, 1983
Sektions-Vorträge I - Résumés des sections I - Section Papers I
Peter P. Kirschenmann
Ecology, Ethics, Science and the Intrinsic Value of Things
Many have argued for a new, environmental or ecolegical ethics. Can nature, or natural science, provide the basic principles for such an ethics? Or, can the issues involved be adequately analysed in terms of rights, interests, and duties to future generations? The papor explores the idea of an intrinsic value of what exists in nature with respect to these questions, especially those of Conservation and preservation. The idea can provide a supplementary basis for an ethics of preservation, leading to certain prima facie duties.