Conserving Nature; Preserving Identity

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Journal Article

© 2016 Journal of Chinese Philosophy There are two broad approaches to environmental ethics. The “conservationist” approach on which we should conserve the environment when it is in our interest to do so and the “preservationist” approach on which we should preserve the environment even when it is not in our interest to do so. We propose a new “relational” approach that tells us to preserve nature as part of what makes us who we are or could be. Drawing from Confucian and Daoist texts, we argue that human identities are, or should be, so intimately tied to nature that human interests evolve in relationship to nature.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hassoun, NJ; Wong, DB

Published Date

  • March 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 176 - 196

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-6253

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0301-8121

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1540-6253.12189

Citation Source

  • Scopus