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Ethical Motivations and the Phenomenon of Disappointment in Two Types of Environmental Movements: Neo-Environmentalism and the Dark Mountain Project

Hana Librová and Vojtěch Pelikán

Environmental Values 25 (2016): 167-193. doi: 10.3197/096327116X14552114338828

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This study takes up the phenomenon of disappointment in today’s environmental movements. It analyses two distinct streams of environmental movements – neo-environmentalism and the Dark Mountain Project. On the basis of their published written statements, it describes these movements, analyses the opinions of their members regarding possible future developments and examines their ethical motivations. It examines the members’ motivations in terms of three categories – teleological, deontological and virtue ethics – and asserts that each of these contains various expectations, implying varying potential for disappointment. The text’s conclusion compares and assesses the attitudes of the members of neo-environmentalism and the Dark Mountain Project, their optimism and pessimism, from the perspective of the philosophers Hans Jonas, Roger Scruton and Romano Guardini.


Environmental movements, ethical motivations, disappointment, The Dark Mountain Project, neo-environmentalism, ecomodernism

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Environmentalism, a Secular Faith. Thomas R. Dunlap

Mercy as an Environmental Virtue. Matt Ferkany

The Disparate Roots of Voluntary Modesty. Hana Librová

On Economization and Ecologization as Civilizing Processes. C. Schmidt

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Negotiating the Value of Values. Piers H.G. Stephens

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