Food for Axiology : Acknowledging Relationships
|Institution:||Oregon State University|
|Keywords:||Axiology; Environmental responsibility|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59336|
An overarching explanation for environmental degradation has been humans' disconnection from the natural world. Utilizing Whiteheadian theory, I offer that there is no disconnection. Rather, I propose that there is a dearth of relational acknowledgement. I suggest that the Cartesian dualism and modern science led to an illusory belief that the world consists of discrete entities. This belief has reinforced a ubiquitous sense of individualism and this perception has framed the problematic intrinsic and instrumental axiologies of environmental ethics. I present that if we are to halt and reverse environmental destruction, we must acknowledge the relational character of the environment. I utilize ethics of care to demonstrate our need for recognizing relationships and taking responsibility for our actions. Acknowledging relationships with each-other and the land will be fundamental in restoring our environment. I argue that through gardening and local foods we can cultivate a better understanding of our reliance upon each-other and the land. In addition, we reduce global human/land exploitation and oppression. An axiological discourse which is reflective of the world's relational quality will emerge as the process of cultivating reciprocal relationships blossoms. Advisors/Committee Members: Muraca, Barbara (advisor), Figueroa, Robert (committee member).