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  • Main Title The Reciprocal Links between Evolutionary-Ecological Sciences and Environmental Ethics


  • Author: Rozzi, Ricardo, 1960-
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: University of North Texas


  • Name: American Institute of Biological Science
    Place of Publication: [Reston, Virginia]


  • Creation: 1999-11


  • English


  • Content Description: This article discusses the reciprocal links between evolutionary-ecological sciences and environmental ethics.
  • Physical Description: 11 p.


  • Keyword: ecology
  • Keyword: environmental ethics
  • Keyword: nature


  • Journal: BioScience, 1999, Reston: American Institute of Biological Science, pp. 911-921


  • Publication Title: BioScience
  • Volume: 49
  • Issue: 11
  • Page Start: 911
  • Page End: 921
  • Peer Reviewed: True


  • Name: UNT Scholarly Works
    Code: UNTSW


  • Name: UNT College of Arts and Sciences
    Code: UNTCAS


  • Rights Access: public

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc130190


  • Academic Department: Philosophy and Religion Studies


  • Display Note: Copyright American Institute of Biological Sciences,
  • Display Note: Abstract: Confronted with the current environmental crisis, the academic community faces a conceptual and practical problem of dissociation: Ecologists approach nature with the aim of understanding it, whereas environmental ethicists approach nature asking how we should relate to it, or inhabit it. Ecology looks for the "is" of nature, and environmental ethics seeks an "ought" with respect to nature. How can these still largely disconnected and yet parallel courses be bridged? How can the is of ecologists and the ought of eco-philosophers be interrelat-ed? More basically, how can the links between the cognitive-scientific and the practical-ethical spheres be recovered? In this article, the author illustrates the reciprocal relationships between sciences and environmental ethics by examining the Darwinian theory of evolution and discussing its implications for ecologists and ethicists.