Thesis ID: CBB001562701

Holmes Rolston, Bernard Lonergan, and the Foundations of Environmental Ethics (1999)

unapi

Nuñez, Theodore W. (Author)


Catholic University of America
Crysdale, Cynthia S. W.


Publication Date: 1999
Edition Details: Advisor: Crysdale, Cynthia S. W.
Physical Details: 655 pp.
Language: English

This study brings the ecophilosophy of Holmes Rolston into dialogue with the methodological thought of Bernard Lonergan in an attempt to clarify and strengthen the foundations of a contemporary environmental ethic. Part I is an interpretive analysis of Rolston's work. After situating Rolston's position within the field, I examine his meta-ethical stance in the areas of epistemology, metaphysics, axiology, philosophical anthropology, and theology of nature. Rolston takes a science-based, ecocentric approach in defending a nonanthropocentric ethic. Through worldview formation and moral oversight, humans recognize and appreciate a range of values in nonhuman nature. Aspects of Lonergan's thought relevant to environmental ethics are studied in Part II. First, I treat Lonergan's cognitional theory and transcendental method; his central claim is that cognitive/moral objectivity is the fruit of authentic subjectivity. Secondly, I present Lonergan's theory of emergent probability and the related notions of development and finality. Thirdly, I examine further aspects of Lonergan's position on human development as well as his phenomenology of consciousness. Fourthly, I discuss his theological account of human history and redemption. After presenting Lonergan's basic positions, I clarify and develop his view of the humanity-nature relationship by drawing on the work of Robert Doran. I argue that Doran's related notions of an ecological differentiation of consciousness, an integral dialectic of culture, and psychic conversion make an important contribution both to our understanding of Lonergan's thought and to ongoing debates in environmental philosophy and ecotheology. Part III pursues a mutually critical dialogue between Rolston and Lonergan on foundational issues in environmental ethics. I show that each thinker corrects and complements the other in several ways. I argue that (1) critical realism offers the most adequate epistemological grounding for environmental ethics; (2) addressing the eco-social crisis requires a new, nonanthropocentric ethic that is scientifically informed and religiously based; (3) a new ethic must integrate a nonathropocentric theory of values in nature with a humanistic value theory; and (4) it must include a character ethic informed by an evolutionary epic and a normative vision of sensitive earth residence.

...More

Description Cited in Diss. Abstr. Int. A 61 (2000): 232. UMI order no. 9956976.


Citation URI
http://data.isiscb.org/isis/citation/CBB001562701/

Similar Citations

Chapter Johnson, Carina L.; (2007)
Stone Gods and Counter-Reformation Knowledges (/isis/citation/CBB000775020/) unapi

Book Molineaux, Natalie Brigit; (2008)
Medici et Medicamenta: The Medicine of Penance in Late Antiquity (/isis/citation/CBB001231253/) unapi

Chapter Glick, Thomas F.; Martinez, Rafael A.; (2009)
Der Vatikan und die Evolution. Die Haltung der Heiligen Stuhls gegenüber der “katholischen Evolutionstheorie” (/isis/citation/CBB001035233/) unapi

Article Lightman, Bernard; (2009)
Christian Evolutionists in the United States, 1860--1900 (/isis/citation/CBB001024102/) unapi

Article Kollerstrom, Nick; (2003)
Foreword: Galileo as Believer (/isis/citation/CBB000411069/) unapi

Article Shea, William; (2003)
Rome, 1630 (/isis/citation/CBB000411076/) unapi

Chapter Shea, William; (2006)
Galileo a Roma: incontri e scontri (/isis/citation/CBB001024440/) unapi

Book Leon, Sharon M.; (2013)
An Image of God: The Catholic Struggle with Eugenics (/isis/citation/CBB001213144/) unapi

Article Lyke de Vries; Leen Spruit; (2018)
Paracelsus and Roman Censorship – Johannes Faber’s 1616 Report in Context (/isis/citation/CBB160085790/) unapi

Book Walsham, Alexandra; Marshall, Peter; (2006)
Angels in the Early Modern World (/isis/citation/CBB001232149/) unapi

Book Riaza Morales, José Maria; (1999)
La Iglesia en la historia de la ciencia (/isis/citation/CBB000501016/) unapi

Article Simone Morandini; (2014)
Rethinking Creation in the Ecological Crisis (/isis/citation/CBB766546462/) unapi

Thesis La Turner, Hyrum; (2008)
Roger Bacon's Faith in Science (/isis/citation/CBB001560679/) unapi

Book Cameron, Euan; (2010)
Enchanted Europe: Superstition, Reason, and Religion, 1250--1750 (/isis/citation/CBB001231073/) unapi

Book Hess, Peter M. J.; Allen, Paul; (2008)
Catholicism and Science (/isis/citation/CBB000700834/) unapi

Article Camenietzki, Carlos Ziller; (2001)
Jesuits and Alchemy in the Early Seventeenth Century: Father Johannes Roberti and the Weapon-Salve Controversy (/isis/citation/CBB000300038/) unapi

Book Fried, Johannes; (2004)
Les fruits de l'apocalypse: Origines de la pensée scientifique moderne au moyen âge (/isis/citation/CBB000771849/) unapi

Thesis Moritz, Joshua M.; (2011)
Chosen from among the Animals: The End of Human Uniqueness and the Election of the Image of God (/isis/citation/CBB001567299/) unapi

Authors & Contributors
Shea, William R.
Weijers, Ido
Tonkens, E.
Ziller Camenietzki, Carlos
Kollerstrom, Nick
Scott, J. B.
Journals
Culture and Cosmos
Social History of Medicine
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Journal of Cambridge Studies
Intellectual History Review
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Publishers
BAC
Greenwood Press
Maison des sciences de l'homme
University of Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
University Press of America
Concepts
Science and religion
Christianity
Religious beliefs
Roman Catholicism
Roman Catholic Church
Occult sciences
People
Galilei, Galileo
Roberti, Johannes
Goclenius, Rudolph
Bacon, Roger
Faber, Johann
Places
Netherlands
France
United States
Europe
Italy
Times
17th century
19th century
Medieval
Renaissance
Enlightenment
16th century
Institutions
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Comments

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment