Do we need a new land ethics?

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Land ethics is usually associated with the proposal of Aldo Leopold to interpret and respect land as integral part of life. Today, land ethics is a neglected field of research in ethics. This contribution argues that a new land ethics is obligatory. Land has become a particularly contested resource. Instead of reiterating the proposals of Leopold and of either his followers or his critiques, this contribution tries to develop new horizons for discussing land as a particularly valuable resource. Against the backdrop of plant ethics, of land as a political category, and of concepts of natural heritage, land receives a normative meaning. This helps to think anew about land ethics as an important ingredient in environmental ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming food systems: ethics, innovation and responsibility
EditorsDonald Bruce, Ann Bruce
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages121 - 125
ISBN (Print) 978-90-8686-387-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2022
EventEurSafe 2022: Transforming Food Systems: Ethics, Innovation and Responsibility - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 202210 Sep 2022


ConferenceEurSafe 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 603103 Ethics
  • 603116 Political philosophy


  • plant ethics
  • natural heritage
  • public goods
  • normative context

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