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Natural meanings and cultural values.

James, Simon P. (2019) 'Natural meanings and cultural values.', Environmental ethics., 41 (1). pp. 3-16.

Abstract

In many cases, rivers, mountains, forests, and other so-called natural entities have value for us because they contribute to our well-being. According to the standard model of such value, they have instrumental or “service” value for us on account of their causal powers. That model tends, however, to come up short when applied to cases when nature contributes to our well-being by virtue of the religious, political, historical, personal, or mythic meanings it bears. To make sense of such cases, a new model of nature’s value is needed, one that registers the fact that nature can have constitutive value for us on account of the role it plays in certain meaningful wholes, such as a person’s sense of who he or she is.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.5840/enviroethics20194112
Record Created:04 Apr 2019 14:58
Last Modified:07 Nov 2019 16:18

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