SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Relational value, Intrinsic value and Instrumental value
(Ethics, )

A The idea of relational value has been discussed in environmental education, sustainability science and environmental policy. The most popular definition is from Kai M.A. Chan: Relational values have been defined as "preferences, principles, and virtues associated with relationships, both interpersonal and as articulated by policies and social norms." Chan and other scientists questioned the traditional dichotomy between intrinsic and instrumental values in environmental ethics and proposed the concept of relational value as an alternative. I agree that, for the traditional dichotomy, the whole point of arguing for the intrinsic value of nature is to attempt to establish the legitimacy of certain moral oughts. I argue that the reason that all these moral views conflict on the issue of intrinsic value is that they focus only on individuals as bearers of value and ignore how individuals are related to each other and the value that arises from these relations. My main purpose in this paper is to propose a consistent type of value theory which will not only include the locus of non-human individuals but also eliminate the conflicts between single individuals' value and the value of the whole of nature or biotic community.

Chair: Damiano Ranzenigo
Time: 17:30-18:00, 09 September 2021 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.004
Remark: (Online Talk)

Yunjie Zhang 
(Glasgow University, )

Testability and Meaning deco