Caring about Nature: Feminist Ethics and the Environment


King, Roger J.H. 1991. “Caring about Nature: Feminist Ethics and the Environment.” Hypatia 6 (1): 75–89.

Author: Roger J.H. King


In this essay I examine the relevance of the vocabulary of an ethics of care to ecofeminism. While this vocabulary appears to offer a promising alternative to moral extensionism and deep ecology, there are problems with the use of this vocabulary by both essentialists and conceptualists. I argue that too great a reliance is placed on personal lived experience as a basis for ecofeminist ethics and that the concept of care is insufficiently determinate to explicate the meaning of care for nature.

Topics: Environment, Feminisms, Ecofeminism, Gender

Year: 1991

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