(422) Mental/Rational Environmental Ethics 422

Engraving quibbles on flimsy paper for publication;
Lacking time for literature;
Consequence: rebellion.

The present way our government interacts with the environment is seen by Kealey as mental and utilitarian. Decisions are made economically based on our needs to exploit the environment. Preservation is used in order to prolong the exploitation. "Deontological ethics, or the rights view, is the major competitor of utilitarian ethics in the mental-rational structure." However, Kealey still sees this approach as anthropocentric and many critics feels that the mental-rational structure does not go far enough and favor a "magical" approach as in Deep Ecology.1

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