October 22, 2017

Ethics

Towards a Biospheric Ethic

Weltspartag by Hans-Ulrich Osterwalder, 1979 (Ecologist Vol 15, No 3, 1985)

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Modern moral philosophers have tended to study ethics in a void, ignoring the insights of the natural and human sciences. Although several of our most noted and thoughtful biologists and sociologists have sought to correct this, they have based their ethical principles on a grossly distorted view of nature and human society. The result has […]

Art and ethics

William Morris - author of "Hopes and Fears for Art" (photograph by Elliott & Fry 1877)

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Edward Goldsmith explores the themes of knowledge, intuition, aesthetics and the Sacred. Published in The Structurist magazine Nos. 41-42, 2001-2002: “Art and Altruism”. It seems increasingly clear that the principal method of acquiring knowledge about the World, is via a mysterious, ill-defined process we call intuition and that is closely related to our emotions and to […]

Why not, we’ve got a licence?

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A leading article for The Ecologist Vol. 28 No. 3, May 1998. Revised in January & February 2000, and republished in The Doomsday Funbook (Jon Carpenter Books, February 2006). See ordering information for the Funbook. In the modern world, all benefits are seen as man-made – the product of economic development. Thus health is seen […]

Harmony, nature and the sacred

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Edward Goldsmith chairs a debate between Professor Brian Goodwin and Dr Rupert Sheldrake, organised by the Scientific and Medical Network in Fife, Scotland, 1996. This is the chairman’s introduction, preceded by enthusiastic audience applause. © Scientific and Medical Network 1996 Edward Goldsmith: Thank you very much indeed. Well I am told we are going to […]

Eggs, eugenics and economics

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A leading article for The Ecologist Vol. 24 No. 2, March/April 1994, by The Editors. Republished in The Doomsday Funbook (Jon Carpenter Books, February 2006). See ordering information for the Funbook. Revulsion at the idea of mining aborted foetuses for their ovaries is not just fastidiousness; it describes public abhorrence at the prospect of medical […]

Must an ecological society be a vegetarian one?

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Early in October 1976, six distinguished speakers from London and Sussex, Hampshire and Wales, converged upon the Wadebridge Ecological Centre in Cornwall, in order to debate the motion that “An Ecological Society Must be a Vegetarian One”. This took place before an invited audience with Teddy Goldsmith in the chair. Here is presented the summing […]

The sanctity of life

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A leading article for The Ecologist Vol. 1 No. 15, November 1971. Republished in The Doomsday Funbook (Jon Carpenter Books, February 2006). See ordering information for the Funbook. We have been taught since childhood to fear anything connected with death and decay. A corpse fills us with horror, while the scavengers that eat it and […]