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Respect for Nature: The Capabilities Approach

Brooks, Thom



In ‘Respect for everything,’ David Schmidtz offers powerful arguments in favour of a respect for nature over species egalitarianism (Schmidtz, this issue, pp. 127–138). While I accept much of his account, I argue that his understanding of respect may be too thin to perform its proper task. Instead, our use of respect should be grounded in the capabilities approach. This approach offers us a more substantive perspective through which we might best conceive respect. I will begin with an outline of the main argument in favour of respect for nature (and against species egalitarianism). The discussion will then close with how we might better understand respect.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2012
Journal Ethics, Policy & Environment
Print ISSN 2155-0085
Electronic ISSN 2155-0093
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 143-146
Public URL
Publisher URL 10.1080/21550085.2011.578363

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