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Virtues for the Anthropocene

Marcello di Paola

Environmental Values 24 (2015): 183-207. doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181310


The paper discusses some difficulties that life in Anthropocene poses to our ethical thinking. It describes the sort of ethical task that individuals find themselves confronting when dealing with the planetary environmental quandaries that characterise the new epoch. It then asks what, given the situation, would count as environmentally virtuous ways of looking at and going about our lives, and how relevant virtues can be developed. It is argued that the practice of gardening is distinctively conducive to that objective. Finally, some garden virtues that will be of special importance in the Anthropocene, but have so far been largely neglected by environmental ethicists, are listed and described.


Anthropocene, virtues, gardens

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Environmental Stewardship, Moral Psychology and Gardens. Marcello di Paola

Happiness and the Good Life. John O'Neill

A Defence of Environmental Stewardship. Jennifer Welchman

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Depending on Something Bigger. Simon Hailwood

Democracy and Agonism in the Anthropocene: The Challenges of Knowledge, Time and Boundary. Amanda Machin

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