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Title: Harmonising with heaven and earth : reciprocal harmony and Xunzi’s environmental ethics
Authors: Chua, Jonathan Yi
Keywords: Humanities::Philosophy
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Chua, J. Y. (2022). Harmonising with heaven and earth : reciprocal harmony and Xunzi’s environmental ethics. Environmental Values.
Journal: Environmental Values 
Abstract: Xunzi’s philosophy provide a rich resource for understanding how ethical relationships between humans and nature can be articulated in terms of harmony. In this paper, I build on his ideas to develop the concept of reciprocal harmony, which requires us to reciprocate those who make our lives liveable. In the context of the environment, I argue that reciprocal harmony generates moral obligations towards nature, in return for the existential debt that humanity owes towards heaven and earth. This can be used as a normative basis for an environmental ethic that enables humanity and nature to flourish together.
ISSN: 0963-2719
DOI: 10.3197/096327122X16386102423985
Schools: School of Humanities 
Rights: © 2022 White Horse Press. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Environmental Values and is made available with permission of White Horse Press.
Fulltext Permission: open
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