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ERIC Number: EJ881763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
The Three I's for Ethics as an Everyday Activity: Integration, Intrinsic Valuing, and Intersubjectivity
Bai, Heesoon
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v9 n1 p51-64 2004
In addressing the theme of ethics as an everyday activity, this essay makes a case for the primacy of preventive ethics over interventional ethics. Preventive ethics aims at creating a condition of viability and wellbeing for all members of the earth community, an ethical ideal that follows from the thesis that all life-phenomena are interconnected and interpenetrating. By sharp contrast, interventional ethics functions to redress the already accrued harm and damage that results from not paying attention, on an everyday basis, to the community members' bio-social-psychic conditions of wellbeing. This essay suggests three interlinked practices for preventive ethics. First, we must integrate the mind/body, self/other, and subject/object. Second, we must learn to value the world intrinsically, as we do in aesthetic appreciation. Third, we must cultivate the art of intersubjectivity in order to counter the prevailing habit of objectifying the other. (Contains 4 notes.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North America