Living with Honour: A Pagan Ethics by Emma Restall Orr
Living With Honour is a provocative and uncompromising exploration of how Paganism can provide the philosophical guidance to live honorably in a twenty-first Western society. Part One explores the history of Paganism, its undercurrents of anarchy, heresy, environmentalism and animism, finding its place within the history of Western philosophy. Part Two addresses key moral issues from that animistic perspective, beginning with the foundation of human relationships and attitudes towards the Other. It book explores how we value life, and firstly human life, looking at dying, suicide and euthanasia, birth, abortion and IVF. It then examines the human abuse of nonhuman animals, discussing sentience, personhood and inherent value. Finally, it focuses on current global crises, exploring need as opposed to desire.
Finding a Perspective 1 Defining Pagan 9 Natural Paganism 36 Defining Choice 62 Defining Pagan Ethics 96 Natural Pagan Ethics 122 The Pathways of our Choices 148 Human Relationship 154 The Value of Human Life 189 The Value of Nonhuman Animals 219 The Value of the Environment 257 The Value of the Web 288 Walking the Path 318 Integration and Integrity 320 Bibliography 345 Index 351