The Ethical And Ethical Action Essay

2008 Words Jan 27th, 2015 9 Pages
Concern for the environment is an ongoing theme marked with contention over whether or not humans have an ethical or moral obligation to take pro-environmental actions. Theorists, such as Aristippus and his Cyrenaic school argue that the highest good is self-pleasure, and lacking future concern they argue that individuals should take actions to ensure pleasure in the short term. According to the Cyrenaics, there is not an ethical or moral obligation to engage in pro-environmental actions. However, Jeremy Bentham disagrees, arguing that an ethical action is one which promotes the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. Despite the Cyrenaic view, people do have a moral and ethical obligation to take pro-environmental actions. This is because it is wrong to deny future descendents a clean earth, in regards to consequentialism pro environmental actions would produce the best outcome, and in accordance with Jeremy Bentham’s ethical beliefs, humans are morally obligated to take action because it would generate the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.
This paper will begin with an analysis and examination of the positive results of taking pro-environmental actions. Soon after, primary sources pertaining to ethical and moral philosophy will be examined, and then used to argue that due to the positive results of pro-environmental actions, humans have a moral duty to take them. Afterwards, a single counter argument made by the Cyrenaics will be…

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