Ethical Responses to the environment

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  • Created on: 06-01-16 12:09

1. Mill on Environment?

  • Never apply to future generations, general interest of human race
  • Think only of the long term consequences
  • Equality to all sentient beings
  • Greatest good for greatest number
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2. How does utilitarianism respond to the environment?

  • Separate response to shallow and deep ecology
  • Respond in the same way to deep and shallow ecology
  • Deep ecologist approach
  • Shallow ecologist approach

3. Strengths of a utilitarian view

  • Possible to have both deep and shallow ecologic views
  • Absolute
  • Deontological

4. Singer (Preference) on Environment?

  • Animals should receive equal status
  • Concentrates on human benefit
  • He is a deep ecologist
  • Plants are sentient

5. Weaknesses of utilitarian view

  • Consequences can't be predicted
  • Too optimistic

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