The environmental relevance of the idea of a relational self

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Abstract

Some scholars propose that the idea of the self as relational is environmentally relevant. I question the meaning, coherence, plausibility, and environmental relevance of the idea of a relational self. However, I also contend that the profoundly important purposes of those who consider this idea about the metaphysics of the self to be environmentally relevant may be achieved by a more commonsensical analysis of the self that has no particular metaphysical implications. Central to this alternative analysis is the idea that we should be in relationships that promote the achievement of an environmental goal that I briefly sketch.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-458
Number of pages17
JournalJournal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Environmental goal
  • Extended self
  • Interdependence
  • Relational self

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Religious studies

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