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Moral Habitat: Ethos and Agency for the Sake of Earth

Moral Habitat: Ethos and Agency for the Sake of Earth

by Nancie Erhard
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A work of environmental ethics that looks at how “otherkind”—and humankind—contributes to our moral imagination.

Moral Habitat explores how our moral imaginations and moral norms have been shaped by and even cocreated with Earth in diverse biotic communities. Weaving together science and religion with indigenous and womanist traditions, Nancie Erhard uses examples from a variety of sources, including post-Cartesian science, the Old Testament, and the Míkmaq tribe of Eastern Canada. She demonstrates how each portrays the agency—including the moral agency—of the natural world. From this cross-cultural approach, she recasts the question of how we conceive of humans as moral agents. While written for “the sake of Earth,” this thought-provoking book goes well beyond the issue of ecology to show the contribution that such an approach can make to pluralist ethics on a range of timely social issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791471425
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Series: SUNY series on Religion and the Environment Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Nancie Erhard is Assistant Professor of Comparative Religious Ethics at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Table of Contents


1. Ethos as Moral Habitat

2. “The Great Community of Persons”

3. Agents of and Respondents to God

4. The Continuum

5. Reconsidering Human Moral Agency

6. Doing Ethics in a Moral Habitat


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