The Humanistic Concern and Its Socio-Spatial Distribution of Modern Environmental Ethic

Liang YAO, Daojin SUN

Abstract


The global ecological crisis of twenty-first Century has sounded the alarm for human beings. The developed area as well as developing country realized that ecoenvironment deterioration would take a deadly toll from us. Therefore, they made various laws and regulations to protect the ecological environment and natural resources, and also began to seek for a unity where human can live in harmony with nature. Under this circumstance, environmental ethics, which refers to the ethic relationship between people and the ecological environment, emerge as the times require. As based on axiology, the environmental ethics research carries a mission to affirm intrinsic value of human and transformation value of nature equally. Whereas man has the moral obligation to care about the nature which is an indispensable member of the life union, the intrinsic value of human is nontransferable and also unnecessary. We are not supposed to marginalize the ethics concern of human just because we are conscious of care for nature. Therefore, this study tried to illuminate the essence of the humanistic concern and its socio-spatial distribution of modern environmental ethic. Then the study analyzed the necessity of humanistic concern in environmental ethic research, and draw our attention that how important to pay attention to the socio-spatial distribution of ethic concern. Finally, the paper discussed two kinds of theories and realistic paths of ethic concern in specific environmental practice.


Keywords


Environmental ethics, Humanistic concern, Social space, Ecological care

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/7693

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