The impact of science and technology on human life has given rise to a technology-mediated environment alongside our natural environment, presenting new issues concerning bioethics, environmental ethics, and the way in which technology is turning human beings into 'skilled animals.' The new field of eco-ethica explores issues arising from this changed habitat and our changing moral consciousness and presents an ethics that transcends interpersonal ethics so as to also encompass companies and governments. The author advocates learning from nature and argues that the human race has an ethical responsibility toward nature and things, including life itself. By demonstrating that virtues were created as necessary in the past, he raises the possibility of creating new virtues to meet contemporary needs. With a firm grasp of Western philosophy and ethics, the author adds a new dimension by contributing a Japanese perspective.
Tomonobu Imamichi is a philosopher who has taught in both Japan and Europe, and published extensively on matters of ethics and philosophy. He has been director of the Centre International pour Etude Comparee de Philosophie et d'Esthetique since 1979 and a leading force behind the annual International Symposium on Eco-Ethica. He is professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Preface to the English Edition Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Preliminary Thoughts on the Essence of Eco-Ethica Part 4 1. Why ethics now? Part 5 2. The contrary opposition between death and virtue Part 6 3. The unprecedented ethical issues raised by new technology Chapter 7 Chapter 2: Reinstating Ethics Part 8 1. Our responsibility toward nature and things Part 9 2. Changes affecting the human habitat Part 10 3. Ethics for living well Part 11 4. Why is ethics being forgotten? Part 12 5. Turning into skilled animals Part 13 6. Eco-ethica in our day-to-day lives Chapter 14 Chapter 3: A New Virtue Ethics Part 15 1. Virtues as the specific manifestations of an ethical system Part 16 2. The history of creating virtues Part 17 3. The creation of new virtues Chapter 18 Chapter 4: Morals and Logic Part 19 1. The Japanese moral consciousness Part 20 2. The technology-mediated environment and changes in moral consciousness Part 21 3. The logical structure of action Part 22 4. Technological abstraction - a new form of abstraction Part 23 5. Self-Regulation of technology and of humans Part 24 6. The mythos of fire Chapter 25 Chapter 5: Human Beings and Nature Part 26 1. The position of human beings in primordial nature Part 27 2. Nature and the technology-mediated environment Part 28 3. Learning from nature Chapter 29 Invitees to the International Symposium on Eco-ethica Chapter 30 Index