Volume 5 (2014). Issue 1


Interdisciplinary Foundations for Environmental and Sustainability Ethics: An Introduction

Małgorzata Dereniowska & Jason Matzke

This article introduces the special issue for Ethics in Progress entitled Environment, ethics, and sustainability: Crossroads of our future. Despite four decades of intense development in the field of academic and professional environmental ethics, environmental problems pose ever increasing ethical challenges. The discipline continues to undergo a transition from focusing on theoretical questions such as what kinds of beings deserve moral standing toward greater inclusion of the multifaceted dimensions of sustainability and environmental issues and policy formation. more »

Antiglobalization and Radical Environmentalism: An Exchange on Ethical Grounds

Paul Joosse

Since 1992, clandestine radical environmentalist cells, calling themselves the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), have carried out arson attacks in an effort to punish corporations for environmentally deleterious practices. I examine the radical environmental movement and find that its recent rise to prominence and notoriety is part and parcel of the larger development of the more general anti-globalization/anti-capitalist movement. more »

Overconsumption, Procreation, and Morality

John Mariana

Thomas Young (2001) argues that overconsumption and procreation are morally equivalent, and thus that anyone who disapproves of overconsumption must arrive at the same normative judgment concerning procreation (or procreation beyond a certain threshold). Young presents an analogical argument in support of his claim, and defends it against four varieties of objections intended to show that the analogy is weak or faulty. more »

The Pure Intergenerational Problem and the UNESCO Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

Katia Vladimirova

This article aims to bring together some theory – research on climate ethics, particularly the Pure Intergenerational Problem (PIP) introduced by Stephen Gardiner – and some practice – the new educational agenda proposed by the United Nations in 2002 and framed as the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). PIP can be resolved (or rather, avoided) if a shift in values happens that would change the very context of the problem. more »

Building Within Space: Thoughts Towards an Environmental Ethics

Troy Paddock

The need for constructing an environmental ethics that keeps sustainability in mind is the result of a collision of the realization that the natural environment is neither limitless nor impervious to actions with a view of nature that has been fundamentally instrumentalist and anthropocentric. more »

Historic Gardens as Places of Conflicting Values

Mateusz Salwa

The aim of the article is to present historical gardens as phenomena inevitably pervaded by an ongoing clash of values. The conflict stems from the twofold character of gardens where art (or in broader terms: culture) and nature are combined, which results in a tension between the tendency to remain static and durable that human culture seeks, and the changeability and dynamics that are inherent in nature. more »

Value of an Encounter from an Ethical Perspective

Krystyna Najder-Stefaniak

This article investigates the relationship between the possibilities of actualizing our encounters and the openness of human space. It describes various types of encounters and shows the correlations between the perception of difference and the inclination to contravene certain encounters. more »


Wstęp dla Czytelników polskojęzycznego Bonusa

Małgorzata Dereniowska, Ewa Nowak

Etyka środowiskowa jest dynamicznie rozwijającą się młodą dyscypliną filozofii na świecie i w Polsce. W literaturze polskojęzycznej istnieje szereg publikacji wprowadzających w genezę, rozwój i problematykę tej dziedziny. more »

Etyka utylitarystyczna Petera Singera – szanse i możliwości przekształcenia praw zwierząt

Alicja Dłużewicz

This article is an attempt to redefine and extend basic terms of law, such as “person” or “justice,” to include self-conscious, non-human animals in the moral community. This need arises due to the evolution of our moral thinking, which is related to the process of recognition. more »

Ontyczny i etyczny aspekt kosmoekologicznej koncepcji Świata

Honorata Korpikiewicz

In this article I provide a summary of insights on the discipline of cosmoecology. I point out the most important cosmic influences on life on Earth, which justifies the hypothesis of Gaia-Uranos. I consider what kind of features must have characterized the cosmic environment in order for life to evolve in this part of the Universe. more »


‘Climate Change Ethics: Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm’ by Donald A. Brown

Małgorzata Dereniowska

Donald A. Brown. Climate Change Ethics: Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm. London and New York: Earthscann from Routledge, 2013.
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Animal rights – a philosophical inquiry

Marta Szopka

Dorota Probucka. Filozoficzne podstawy idei praw zwierząt [Philosophical foundations of the animal rights concept], pp. 352, Cracow: Universitas (2013).
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