Applied Ethics


   But ultimately ethics have to come from inside us, and especially, they are worthless if not applied.

Where do the Permaculture Ethics come from?


From the book "Permaculture, Principles and pathways Beyond Sustainability", by David Holmgren:

"Ethics are culturally evolved mechanisms that regulate self-interest, giving us a better understanding of good and bad outcomes. The greater the power of humans, the more critical ethics become for long-term cultural and biological survival. Permaculture ethics are distilled from research into community ethics, learning from cultures that have existed in relative balance with their environment for much longer than more recent civilisations. This does not mean that we should ignore the great teachings of modern times, but in the transition to a sustainable future, we need to consider values and concepts outside the current social norm."



Applied Ethics

Great video of Peter Singer (modern philosopher) on Applied Ethics.

Singer mentions, amongst other things, that "when you do applied ethics you realize that thinking things through leas you often to challenge the common sense morality."   

Socrates used to ask people "what is justice" and make them realize they in fact didn't know (but thought they did) & he was condemned to death for 'corrupting the morals of the young'.  

"Applied ethics does 'corrupt' (challenges) morals: it might lead us to think differently about something we've held dear for a very long time.

"We have moral obligations to help, just as we have moral obligations not to harm"





to b developed ...
lots to say here!

(see presentation for some basics)

- if you can share you notes of the presentations
that would really help