Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Women, Gender, Sexuality, & Disabilities Studies
Department or School/College
Department of Philosophy
Christopher Preston, Elizabeth Hubble
feminist philosophy, experience, rationalism, body, gender, strategic essentialism
University of Montana
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Philosophy
Through this project, I demonstrate how professional environmental ethics is constrained by, what I call, a rationalist bias and I offer a different approach to environmental questions in the face of this observation. Intellectual life depends on material conditions and our necessary physical ties to Earth. I suggest that an emphasis on our physical connections with the planet can benefit professional environmental ethics. I draw from some feminist understandings to discuss the advantages of a professional environmental ethics that respects and integrates experiences outside of rational deliberation. I attempt to bring my discussion of experience, environmental ethics, and some feminist strategies into the real world by looking for these themes in the practices of the Environmental Health Movement and a local organization. I explain how these examples might hold lessons for professional environmental ethics in terms of adapting practices which incorporate extra-rational experience into ethical thinking. A significant overarching goal of this project is to gesture at the importance of diversity in doing good philosophical work.
Bovinette, Christina, "Better Talking Heads: Concerning Fuller "Experience" in Environmental Philosophy" (2016). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 10804.
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