In this chapter, I want to examine the influence of ecological thinking and the perspective that may be defined as ‘ecologism’ (Smith, 1998, p. 1). Although it has made a mark in political and social life, and may have been embraced by individual professionals, ecologism has not been widely considered from the perspective of professional ethics. In some ways, this could be seen as surprising, as the concepts on which ecological debates are based are also found in professional ethics, such as ‘care’, ‘justice’, ‘need’ and ‘responsibility’ (Park, 1996; Cairns, 1998). As we will see, ecology not only connects with issues of virtues and care, but also raises questions about the ways in which the dominant ethical approaches (deontology and utilitarianism) can be addressed in pluralistic principles.
Swipe to navigate through the chapters of this book
Please log in to get access to this content
- Ecology and the Ethics of Life
- Macmillan Education UK
- Sequence number
- Chapter number
- Chapter 6