Duty free? virtue ethics in Laudato Si

Here’s a link to an article I wrote for Thinking Faith, a superb online journal run by the British Jesuits.

In summary, I argue that (1) the ecology encyclical deliberately avoids “stewardship” language to explain how we relate to the nonhuman world (2) its focus on “care for creation” is instead based on virtue ethics rather than duty-based ethics (3) there’s been a similar shift within secular philosophy.

I conclude that there’s a good opportunity here for dialogue with all “philosophers of good will”.


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