Moral environmentalism

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Writing in 1991, and discussing the political climate of the United States, Thomas Nagel made the following observations: There is renewed hostility to homosexuals, and to pornography. Such feelings also play a part in the opposition to the right to abortion, which is closely connected with the opposition to sexual freedom, particularly the sexual freedom of women. While I do not sympathize with the ideals behind this moral environmentalism, it must be recognized that given their values the conservatives do have a genuine interest here, since extensive individual liberty in sexual matters, creates an emotional and cultural climate in which their preferred forms of sexual life are more difficult to maintain and to inculcate in their children. My purpose is not to defend the conservative ideals that Nagel did not sympathize with. This is not an essay on sexual morality. But I do wish to defend the general practice of moral environmentalism that Nagel’s remarks invite us to consider; or to put it more accurately, I wish to defend one understanding of that practice from what I take to be the most important objection raised against it. This objection appeals to the value of personal autonomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPaternalism: Theory and Practice
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages93-114
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781139179003, 9781107025462
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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Environmentalism
Sexual
Ideal
Wishes
Political Climate
Personal Autonomy
Emotion
Liberty
Thomas Nagel
Hostility
Morality
General Practice
Pornography
Abortion
Climate

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Wall, S. P. (2010). Moral environmentalism. In Paternalism: Theory and Practice (pp. 93-114). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139179003.006

Moral environmentalism. / Wall, Steven P.

Paternalism: Theory and Practice. Cambridge University Press, 2010. p. 93-114.

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Wall, SP 2010, Moral environmentalism. in Paternalism: Theory and Practice. Cambridge University Press, pp. 93-114. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139179003.006
Wall SP. Moral environmentalism. In Paternalism: Theory and Practice. Cambridge University Press. 2010. p. 93-114 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139179003.006
Wall, Steven P. / Moral environmentalism. Paternalism: Theory and Practice. Cambridge University Press, 2010. pp. 93-114
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