Respect for Nature

At a conference in 1973, Richard Sylvan (then known as Richard Routley) proposed a science fiction thought experiment that helped to launch environmental ethics as a branch of academic philosophy. (This is the only science fiction example you will find in this book. In environmental ethics, there is no need to make up strange cases, for the issues permeate everyday life.) Sylvan’s thought experiment came to be known as the “Last Man” argument.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published in: Environmental Ethics