Jewish Environmental Ethics for the Anthropocene: An Integrative Approach

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Abstract

This article argues that the Judaic understanding of creation care is a potent response to the challenges of the Anthropocene because Judaism acknowledges that humans have much in common with all other created beings, while respecting their alterity, and because Judaism insists on human responsibility toward and care of the created world. However, Jewish environmental ethics of care and responsibility could be greatly enriched if it incorporates the insights of the feminist ethics of care, ecofeminism, and environmental virtue ethics, three discourses to which Jewish environmentalists have paid limited attention so far, even though the secularization of Judaism in the twentieth century has impacted these discourses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-214
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anthropocene
  • eco-crisis
  • ecofeminism
  • ecological ethics
  • environmental virtue ethics
  • ethics of care
  • virtue ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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