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Sabina Lovibond

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719625

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719625.001.0001

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‘Ethical Living’ in the Media and in Philosophy

‘Ethical Living’ in the Media and in Philosophy

(p.196) Essay 11 ‘Ethical Living’ in the Media and in Philosophy
Essays on Ethics and Feminism

Sabina Lovibond

Oxford University Press

This essay, which originated in a conference on the ethics of media, examines the journalistic notion of ‘ethical living’ (in the sense of changes that the conscientious citizen should be trying to make to his or her daily life and practices of consumption). It seeks to subject this notion to criticism by a more philosophical ethics; specifically, to confront it with the demands of a quasi-Kantian universalism and of a quasi-Aristotelian respect for objective human need. The essay acknowledges that some journalists writing on these matters are already clear that it will take more than a well-intentioned review of individual shopping habits to address our present ecological crisis. However, the aim here is to investigate what resources academic philosophy can bring to the discussion. These resources, it is suggested, favour the adoption of a more critical and internationalist perspective.

Keywords:   Aristotelian ethics, consumption, internationalism, journalism, Kantian ethics, media, need, universalism

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