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The Virtues of Acknowledged Ecological Dependence: Sustainability, Autonomy and Human Flourishing

Mike Hannis

Environmental Values 24 (2015): 145-164. doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181437


An extension of Alasdair MacIntyre's concept of 'virtues of acknowledged dependence', to include relationships with the non-human world, offers an organising principle for environmental virtue ethics. It situates ecological virtue among more traditional virtues of inter-human relationships, and may thereby contribute to an ethical reconciliation of policies aimed at encouraging ecological virtue with those aimed at protecting the freedoms required for personal autonomy. Within this eudaimonist framework, ecological virtue may be understood and promoted as directly contributing to a good life.


Environmental virtue ethics, sustainability, autonomy, eudaimonism, MacIntyre

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Finding - and Failing to Find - Meaning in Nature. Simon P. James

Nature, Purity, Ontology Piers H.G. Stephens

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Depending on Something Bigger. Simon Hailwood

Texturing Waste: Attachment and Identity in Every-Day Consumption and Waste Practices. Gareth Thomas, Christopher Groves, Karen Henwood, Nick Pidgeon

Self-Identity and Sense of Place: Some Thoughts Regarding Climate Change Adaptation Policy Formulation. Charles N. Herrick

The Logic of Modernity and Ecological Crisis. Simon Lumsden

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