Filmed during Mind & Life Institute’s “Mind & Life XXIII: Ecology, Ethics, and Interdependence” on October 18-19, 2011.
Topic Two – Ethics, Philosophy, Theology
Session 4: Environmental Ethics: What is at Stake?
SPEAKER: Clare Palmer
How do we understand our ethical obligations when we conceive of ourselves as part of an ecosystem? Must we move beyond an anthropocentric and temporally bounded perspective to a wider view that encompasses all species and future generations? These and other such questions lie at the heart of Environmental Ethics, a new and vibrant discipline within Western Philosophy. From this new philosophical perspective, key questions include the question of value (intrinsic or not?), the problem of pluralism (is there a universal Environmental Ethics?) and our ethical relations to nonhuman beings.
MODERATOR: John Dunne
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Joan Halifax Roshi