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A Defence of Environmental Stewardship

  • Jennifer Welchman
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    Public recognition of the fragility of the natural systems on which present and future generations depend has prompted calls for the practice of environmental stewardship - calls widely criticised in the environmental ethics literature. Some argue that stewardship's historical associations entail that it is inherently sexist, speciesist and/or anthropocentric. Others argue that absent belief in a creator to appoint us as stewards and hold us accountable, talk of 'environmental stewardship' is empty. I review the concept's recent evolution and provide a tentative definition. I argue that so defined, it is not vulnerable to standard criticisms, but is instead a promising way of construing morally decent conduct towards the environment.

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    Article provided by White Horse Press in its journal Environmental Values.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (August)
    Pages: 297-316

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    Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev21:ev2114
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    1. Sarah Fleisher Trainor, 2006. "Realms of Value: Conflicting Natural Resource Values and Incommensurability," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 15(1), pages 3-29, February.
    2. A. Damodaran, 2007. "The Project Tiger Crisis in India: Moving Away from the Policy and Economics of Selectivity," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 16(1), pages 61-77, February.
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