My objective in this paper is to highlight a few concepts and approaches from ethics that might serve as food for thought when students are wrestling with controversial natural resource issues. Overall, I'm advocating critical reflection, empirical inquiry, and intellectual honesty. I am particularly going to look at the interrelationship between science and ethics. I suspect not everyone will agree with everything I suggest, but, as in the classroom, my purpose is to stimulate thought and dialogue. First, I present some basic concepts followed by a simplified summary of classical approaches to ethics. Finally, I suggest that Aldo Leopold's land ethic has been misinterpreted by some of his modern disciples.
Fox, John D. Jr.
"Useful concepts and approaches to ethics in natural resources management,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues:
Vol. 12, Article 28.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol12/iss1/28