The Intergenerational Value of Natural Heritage

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Even though the concept of natural heritage is well received, its meaning is usually restricted to extraordinary natural sites. This contribution argues that a broader understanding is necessary in order to fully acknowledge the intergenerational value of natural heritage. By drawing on recent insights in plant ethics, three facets of the normative meaning of the concept of natural heritage can be highlighted: It expresses the value of natural sites as part of human civilization, it lays emphasis on the uniqueness of distinct parts of nature, and it expresses the willingness of present generations to present nature as a gift to future generations in order not to restrict their ways to shape nature. In particular, the value of natural heritage is constituted by a communal experience of nature and the willingness to share that experience with upcoming generations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Intergenerational Ethics
Subtitle of host publicationOxford Handbooks Online
EditorsStephen M Gardiner
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190881931
ISBN (Print)9780190881931
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

SeriesOxford Handbooks Online

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 603103 Ethics


  • Intergenerational
  • intergenerational ethics
  • natural heritage

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