Ethics of Caring in Environmental Ethics: Indigenous and Feminist Philosophies

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics. Edited by Stephen M Gardiner and Allen Thompson, Forthcoming

29 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2016 Last revised: 2 May 2016

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Kyle Whyte

Michigan State University - Department of Philosophy

Chris J. Cuomo

University of Georgia

Date Written: April 25, 2016

Abstract

Indigenous ethics and feminist care ethics offer a range of related ideas and tools for environmental ethics. These ethics delve into deep connections and moral commitments between nonhumans and humans to guide ethical forms of environmental decision making and environmental science. Indigenous and feminist movements such as the Mother Earth Water Walk and the Green Belt Movement are ongoing examples of the effectiveness of on-the-ground environmental care ethics. Indigenous ethics highlight attentive caring for the intertwined needs of humans and nonhumans within interdependent communities. Feminist environmental care ethics emphasize the importance of empowering communities to care for themselves and the social and ecological communities in which their lives and interests are interwoven. The gendered, feminist, historical, and anticolonial dimensions of care ethics, indigenous ethics, and other related approaches provide rich ground for rethinking and reclaiming the nature and depth of diverse relationships as the fabric of social and ecological being.

Keywords: Care ethics, environmental ethics, Indigenous environmental ethics, feminist ethics, ecofeminism, climate justice, environmental justice, Indigenous social movements

Suggested Citation

Whyte, Kyle Powys and Cuomo, Chris J., Ethics of Caring in Environmental Ethics: Indigenous and Feminist Philosophies (April 25, 2016). The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics. Edited by Stephen M Gardiner and Allen Thompson, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2770065

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Chris J. Cuomo

University of Georgia ( email )

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