Environmental virtue ethics: half the truth but dangerous as a whole
Virtue cannot be self-contained but must be in place. We actualize a uniquely human capacity for excellence when we respect non-human life. If this really comes from appreciating otherness, then such human virtue is tributary to value in other forms of life. If a virtue ethics is unable to disentwine human virtues from intrinsic values in nature, we have but a half truth, dangerous if taken for the whole.
Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
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