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KANT ON THE VA LUE OF NATURE

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Breitenbach, Angela  ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6844-006X

Abstract

I set out a Kantian account of the value of nature. My proposal is motivated by Kant’s teleological conception of nature. In the «Critique of Teleological Judgement», Kant shows that our conception of nature is fundamentally informed by an analogy with reason. I argue that our practical relationship with nature must be guided by the same analogy: we must regard nature as if it had value as an end in itself, and we must regard ourselves as if we were obligated towards it. On my Kantian account, the value of nature is thus independent of its usefulness for human beings and yet essentially tied to the value of reason. I take my account to be based on ideas Kant is explicitly committed to, even though it is not fully developed by Kant himself.

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Kant, Value of Nature, Environmental Ethics, Anthropocentrism, Biocentrism

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STUDI KANTIANI

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1123-4938
1724-1812

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