TEACHING OF ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS: CARING THINKING


Dombayci M. A.

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY, vol.15, pp.1404-1421, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1404-1421

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to suggest content and methods as to how environmental ethics could be taught through 'caring thinking'. The paper has two main parts. The first part focuses on environmental ethics in the scope of the relationship between man and nature, while the second part deals with the teaching of environmental ethics through caring thinking. In this frame, there is an effort to establish the relationship between man and nature. Following the historical perspective of this relationship, the relationship between ethics and environment wish is discussed. The points of view, which ethics that is relatively young when compared to other disciplines of philosophy has dealt with since it was established, are presented. An analysis of how human-centered ethics, environment-centered ethics, and holistic ethics have dealt with opinions regarding the relationship between man and nature is made. In this context, it has been emphasised that holistic ethics regards nature with all its living and non-living components, and that this situation is being examined in the scope of values. Attention has been drawn to the fact that the central concept is 'care' rather than protect, conserve, keep, sustain, save, maintain, defend, and a link is established between care and ethics. As an answer to how ethical inquiry, which is a sub-category of philosophical inquiry, can be realised through caring thinking, has been introduced from different perspectives. Characteristics and dimensions of caring thinking are emphasised and several examples of caring thinking practices that could be subject to environmental ethics in the frame of story books have been presented.