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Zoe Grabow, DePaw University

Location

Trimble Forum, Trimble Hall

Start Date

18-9-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

18-9-2014 2:50 PM

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In this paper I examine the similarities between Paul Taylor’s and Aristotle’s teleological accounts as outlined in Taylor’s concept of biocentric egalitarianism from Respect for Nature and Aristotle’s concept of “for the sake of” from Politics I.8, and I show how Aristotle’s account can partially support Taylor’s. I discuss Aristotle’s virtue ethics and what they offer in terms of piecing together an environmental ethic, and I draw attention to an implied value—recipient value—that assigns significant worth to all living things “for the sake of” that is similar to Taylor’s biocentric egalitarianism. Lastly I address two problems that arise for Taylor’s egalitarianism and reevaluate the extent to which Aristotle’s teleological account may support Taylor’s.

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Sep 18th, 2:00 PM Sep 18th, 2:50 PM

Unified Teleology: Paul Taylor's Biocentric Egalitarianism through Aristotle

Trimble Forum, Trimble Hall

In this paper I examine the similarities between Paul Taylor’s and Aristotle’s teleological accounts as outlined in Taylor’s concept of biocentric egalitarianism from Respect for Nature and Aristotle’s concept of “for the sake of” from Politics I.8, and I show how Aristotle’s account can partially support Taylor’s. I discuss Aristotle’s virtue ethics and what they offer in terms of piecing together an environmental ethic, and I draw attention to an implied value—recipient value—that assigns significant worth to all living things “for the sake of” that is similar to Taylor’s biocentric egalitarianism. Lastly I address two problems that arise for Taylor’s egalitarianism and reevaluate the extent to which Aristotle’s teleological account may support Taylor’s.