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Environmental Ethics and Process Thinking$
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Clare Palmer

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269526.001.0001

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(p.212) Conclusions
Environmental Ethics and Process Thinking

Clare Palmer

Oxford University Press

So far, the book has been able to discuss the consequentialist and experience-centred nature of process ethical thinking, specifically how some approaches of environmental ethics may have adopted process thinking. Our investigation has revealed several difficulties that may either be exclusive to process thinking or shared by different approaches. In this chapter, we identify and discuss four fundamental problem areas: 1) the question of replaceability and integrity in process approaches; 2) resolving the conflict between the value of process thinking that arises from the intensity of experience and that arising from contrasts between the various kinds of experience; 3) the comparative value of non-human and human life in terms of experience and the richness of divine life; and 4) the humanizing nature attributed to the process interpretation of the universe.

Keywords:   process ethical thinking, replaceability and integrity, process thinking value, intensity of experience, experience, comparative value, non-human life, human life

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