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The Wild and the WickedOn Nature and Human Nature$
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Benjamin Hale

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035408

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035408.001.0001

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The Green’s Gambit

The Green’s Gambit

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(p.233) 9 The Green’s Gambit
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The Wild and the Wicked
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Benjamin Hale

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035408.003.0010

This chapter argues that reasons are underdetermined and often left out of value-based discussions of nature. The chapter offers a rough sketch of Kantian moral theory – particularly the first two formulations of the Categorical Imperative – to suggest that the primary charge of environmentalism ought to be that of encouraging deeper justification of actions. It utilizes the Endangered Species Act, the argument from ecosystem services, and the case of a stolen kidney to suggest that cost-benefit analysis and related methodologies are insufficient for addressing the broad ethical considerations of environmentalists.

Keywords:   Cost-benefit analysis, ecosystem services, Kant, Categorical Imperative, Endangered Species Act

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