William T. Blackstone's "Ethics and Ecology"
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This paper explains that William T. Blackstone in his article "Ethics and Ecology" argues the issue of environmental management not from a scientific or political viewpoint but from a philosophical and ethical perspective that humanity must take responsibility for the environment regardless of the economic and political impacts. Next, the author reviews Blackstone's logic and finds him to be in error. The paper states that Blackstone's arguments that the rights of future occupants outweigh the rights of present ones is invalid ethically and that his attempt to limit the right to property and its expansion is based on faulty assumptions.
From the Paper:"First, Blackstone attempts to establish that the right to a livable and healthy environment is an unalienable right, in the same vein as Locke's assertion that freedom, life, and property were natural human rights. In order to prove this, Blackstone establishes the commonalities of human life and what are considered the natural human rights. He asserts, in what is already fairly well established modern liberal political thinking that "the whole point of the state is to restrict unlicensed freedom and to provide the conditions for equality of rights for all." That is, freedom in a society is not unlimited, nor should it be; this type of lawlessness puts the weak at the mercy of the strong, whereas the laws of a government ensure the greatest amount of freedom for the greatest number of people."
Sample of Sources Used:
- William T. Blackstone. "Ethics and Ecology". The Southern Journal of Philosophy. Volume 11, Issue 1-2, pages 55-71, Spring-Summer 1973.
Cite this Article Review:
William T. Blackstone's "Ethics and Ecology" (2011, November 03) Retrieved January 27, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/william-t-blackstone-ethics-and-ecology-148719/
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