Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Department or School/College
Christopher Preston, Kathleen Kane
community, nonhumans, virtue ethics, flourishing, capabilities
University of Montana
Ethics and Political Philosophy
I attempt to understand what is meant by community by grounding the analysis in Raymond Williams’ historical definition. From this, I work the criteria of community as described by Williams so to determine their precise meaning and primacy. I attempt to show why community must be small in size while arguing that humans are in a community with nonhumans. Building upon this move, I take up an argument for the role of place in community formation. This preceding inquiry is meant to prime an analysis of both virtue ethics and literature, specifically an application of Martha Nussbaum’s Central Capabilities to Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. In this, I make the case that human flourishing is possible when one is in an ecosystemic community with nonhumans present. This is to say that nonhumans impact other imperative goods in a serious way. Following from this, I provide a moral constructivist account of intrinsic value.
Moore, Alexander, "A Search for Community" (2020). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11545.
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