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The Environmental Organization of Ethics : Groundwork of the Physics of Morals

WOLBERS, B. (2017) The Environmental Organization of Ethics : Groundwork of the Physics of Morals.

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Abstract:Contemporary environmental ethics considers how human beings affect environments. The Environmental-Organization of Ethics, instead, considers how environments affect self-governance capacities of agents. This thesis considers the effects of several technologies and their side products, such as artificial light, sound (noise and/or music), air pollution and exogenous environmental toxins, and contends that these technologies and their side products indeed affect agents’ ethical choices. As agents cannot act on the demands that ethical theories place on them without self-governance, self-governance is considered a necessary precondition for ethical action. It is argued that the aforementioned technologies affect ethical choices precisely because they either enhance or impede self-governance. The thesis not only attempts to describe how environmental technologies such as artificial light or exogenous toxins affect self-governance, but also argues that agents have normative reasons to optimize their self-governance capacities through shaping their environments.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
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