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Document Type(s):Journal Article
Article/Chapter Title:Beyond Naturalism: A Reconstruction of Daoist Environmental Ethics
Journal Title:Environmental Ethics
Author(s):Peerenboom, R. P
Date of Publication:1991
Issue:no. 1 (spring)
Annotation:Peerenboom finds no overall solution for environmental concerns in Daoism, however he does outline an environmental ethic based on “pragmatic” as opposed to “natural” Daoism. Refusing to engage in absolutist metaphysics or in a search for certainty, he challenges popular notions of Daoism and the concept of wu-wei while preferring to use a hermeneutical principle of value-relative human interpretation which he ultimately views as protection against dogmatism with regard to environmental issues.
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