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International Environmental Law and the Search for Harmony with Nature: A Critical Inquiry into the Metaphysical Underpinnings of the Legal Discourse on Environmental Protection

De Lucia Dahlbeck, Moa LU (2016)
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For some time now, the world in general and international

law in particular have witnessed one and the same widespread call for action. Both public and private interests claim that present-day standards and technology have proven insufficient for saving the natural environment. From this claim has emerged a call that entreats us to approach the

problem of the deteriorating natural environment by including nature into our moral considerations.

In this study Moa De Lucia Dahlbeck analyses what the normative implications would be of adhering to one of the arguably most influential and widely recognized expressions of this call for action: the report series entitled Harmony... (More)
Popular Abstract in English

For some time now, the world in general and international

law in particular have witnessed one and the same widespread call for action. Both public and private interests claim that present-day standards and technology have proven insufficient for saving the natural environment. From this claim has emerged a call that entreats us to approach the

problem of the deteriorating natural environment by including nature into our moral considerations.

In this study Moa De Lucia Dahlbeck analyses what the normative implications would be of adhering to one of the arguably most influential and widely recognized expressions of this call for action: the report series entitled Harmony with Nature: Report of the Secretary General. Tracing the metaphysical conditions underpinning the Reports, she suggests that their implications on international law can be explained by turning to the metaphysical philosophy of early rationalist Benedict Spinoza. From this position, she sets out to critically evaluate the plausibility of the Reports’ claims as well as the compatibility of international environmental law with a radically new ethics. (Less)
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For some time now, the world in general and international law in particular have witnessed one and the same widespread call for action. Both public and private interests claim that present-day standards and technology have proven insufficient for saving the natural environment. From this claim has emerged a call that entreats us to approach the problem of the deteriorating natural environment by including nature into our moral

considerations. The current study focuses on analyzing what is arguably one of the most influential and widely recognized expressions of this call for action: the report series entitled Harmony with Nature: Report of the

Secretary General. The study aims to argue that the Reports’ outline of a new... (More)
For some time now, the world in general and international law in particular have witnessed one and the same widespread call for action. Both public and private interests claim that present-day standards and technology have proven insufficient for saving the natural environment. From this claim has emerged a call that entreats us to approach the problem of the deteriorating natural environment by including nature into our moral

considerations. The current study focuses on analyzing what is arguably one of the most influential and widely recognized expressions of this call for action: the report series entitled Harmony with Nature: Report of the

Secretary General. The study aims to argue that the Reports’ outline of a new ethics can be understood as being underpinned by

the metaphysical system of early rationalist Benedict Spinoza. Given Spinoza’s understanding of nature and morality, however, there is reason to critically evaluate the plausibility of naturalizing international

environmental law, as requested by the reports. The rationale behind the present study is therefore to (1) provide a thorough review of Spinoza’s metaphysical philosophy so as to arrive at an adequate understanding

of his ethics and moral theory, and (2) evaluate international environmental law in light of this understanding so as to be able to assess the practical effects of including nature into the moral considerations

of the international legal order. (Less)
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  • Professor Philoppopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Andreas, University of Westminster
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harmony with nature report, metaphysics, environmental protection, sustainable development, international environmental law, ethics, Spinoza, public international law, folkrätt, miljörätt
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308 pages
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Lund University (Media-Tryck)
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Pufendorfsalen, Juridiska institutionen (Tryckeriet), Lilla Gråbrödersgatan 3C
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2016-04-12 10:15
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978-91-7623-731-1
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English
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yes
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  year         = {2016},
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