Published: 2024-02-07

Finding Solutions to Ecological and Environmental Crisis with a New Ethics

Eva Pechočiaková Svitačová
Studia Ecologiae et Bioethicae
Section: Articles


Ecological and environmental crises are related to the development of an anthropocentric human culture. They threaten the values on which human life and development on Earth depend, and therefore the need for a new ethic arises. The aim of this paper, which is based on a qualitative analysis of theoretical sources, is to highlight the gravity of these crises and to present a 'new ethics', which is referred to as the ethics of the future, the ethics of responsibility for the future or the ethics of sustainability. We draw on the work of H. Jonas and other thinkers who point out that the traditional ethics, which is also referred to as anthropocentric, is no longer sufficient in today's world.  It cannot contribute to solving these crises. We argue in favour of a 'new ethics' that takes into account the distant future and relies on a new dimension of responsibility, but also of justice. It urges people to be able to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions and not to endanger the survival of humanity on the planet and also of all life. With this in mind, it should also play a part in shaping their moral character.


new ethics, anthropocentric ethics, ecological crisis, environmental crisis, new dimension of responsibility, environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, ecophilosophy, environmental responsibility, ecological ethics

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Pechočiaková Svitačová, E. (2024). Finding Solutions to Ecological and Environmental Crisis with a New Ethics. Studia Ecologiae Et Bioethicae, 22(1), 5–20.

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