Coming to grips with the need of an environmental ethic and it's intimate links to spirituality.
Wendell Berry

Life is a Miracle

Holmes Rolston

Challenges in Environmental Ethics

Wendell Berry is a lover of the land. When offered a teaching position in the English Department at the University of Kentucky, he came home to live on a 125 acre farm where his family has lived since the 1800's.

In Berry's novels he shows his appreciation for the earth through the characters. Berry explains that the love for the land can be seen as a means of fulfillment. Another of Berry's works that displays a true love for his homeland is his poem East Kentucky, 1967 included in his collection entitled Openings. The poem invites two questions concerning the environment. The first six lines challenge the awareness of what industrialization has done to the land. The last six lines challenge the awareness of the future of our children.

For more information on Wendell Berry and his love for his homeland, please visit KYLIT-A site for Kentucky Writers.

Holmes Rolston is a distinguished professor of philosophy at Colorado State University. He is the author of six books and an acclaimed critic in both professional journals and the national press.

Rolston has given lectures on all seven continents. Rolston has been of central importance to the development of environmental ethics as an academic discipline, both as a profuse writer in the field and as one of the founders of the journal Environmental Ethics. He has published widely in environmental ethics, including three important books: Philosophy Gone Wild (1986), Environmental Ethics (1988), and Conserving Natural Value (1994). Rolston argues that the natural world carries intrinsic values that human beings should recognize.

For a biographical note on Holmes Rolston, please visit Colorado State University.

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