publication . Article . 2017

Kant’s concept of indirect duties and environmental ethics

Milene Consenso Tonetto;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2017 Journal: Ethic@: an International Journal for Moral Philosophy (issn: 1677-2954, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Universidade Federal Santa Catarina
Abstract
The aim of this paper is to assess whether Kant’s moral theory is suitable to deal with our obligations to take care of nonhuman animals and the environment. Kant’s ethics distinguishes persons , that is, rational beings with unconditional values who are considered as ends in themselves, from things, which have only relative worth. In relation to nature as a whole and to nonrational beings, Kant argues that we have only indirect duties or duties with regard to them. According to some philosophers, Kant’s ethics has anthropocentric starting points which lead to speciesist conclusions. This paper will argue that indirect duties can be in accordance with nonhuman i...
Subjects
free text keywords: environmental ethics, kant, ratiocentrism, speciesism, indirect duties, Philosophy. Psychology. Religion, B, Philosophy (General), B1-5802, Ethics, BJ1-1725, Normative ethics, Epistemology, Moral philosophy, Animal welfare, Philosophy, Anthropocentrism
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