A Theory of General Ethics
Human Relationships, Nature, and the Built Environment
By (author) Warwick Fox
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Theory of General Ethics by Warwick Fox
Book DescriptionWith A Theory of General Ethics Warwick Fox both defines the field of General Ethics and offers the first example of a truly general ethics. Specifically, he develops a single, integrated approach to ethics that encompasses the realms of interhuman ethics, the ethics of the natural environment, and the ethics of the built environment. Thus Fox offers what is in effect the first example of an ethical "Theory of Everything."Fox refers to his own approach to General Ethics as the "theory of responsive cohesion." He argues that the best examples in any domain of interest--from psychology to politics, from conversations to theories--exemplify the quality of responsive cohesion, that is, they hold together by virtue of the mutual responsiveness of the elements that constitute them. Fox argues that the relational quality of responsive cohesion represents the most fundamental value there is. He then develops the theory of responsive cohesion, central features of which include the elaboration of a "theory of contexts" as well as a differentiated model of our obligations in respect of all beings. In doing this, he draws on cutting-edge work in cognitive science in order to develop a powerful distinction between beings who use language and beings that do not.Fox tests his theory against eighteen central problems in General Ethics--including challenges raised by abortion, euthanasia, personal obligations, politics, animal welfare, invasive species, ecological management, architecture, and planning--and shows that it offers sensible and defensible answers to the widest possible range of ethical problems.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262562195
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Warwick Fox
Ethics and the Built Environment, Hardback (November 2000)
International contributors debate ethics in the built environment in all its forms. Will be of interest to architects, students of building and building design, environmentalists, politicians and readers with a general interest in ethics.
Toward a Transpersonal Ecology, Paperback (January 1990)» View all books by Warwick Fox
This pioneering work analyses the key ideas (political, methodological and psychological) involved in deep ecology. It discusses the deep ecological world-view within the wider context of environmentalism, ecophilosophy and anthropocentrism, and looks at its influence, meanings and shortcomings.
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Author Biography - Warwick Fox
Warwick Fox is Reader in Ethics at the Centre for Professional Ethics at the University of Central Lancashire. He is the author of Toward a Transpersonal Ecology: Developing New Foundations for Environmentalism and the editor of Ethics and the Built Environment.
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