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Mercy as an Environmental Virtue

Matt Ferkany

Environmental Values 20 (2011): 265-283. doi: 10.3197/096327111X12997574391841


Recent work on environmental virtue tends to focus on the role of virtues like love, care, respect, humility and wonder for nature. This essay considers the merits of regarding mercy for nature as an environmental virtue. It argues that mercy for nature is neither conceptually confused nor unacceptably anthropocentric, is exhibited by an important exemplar of environmental virtue, and is compatible with virtues of love, care, respect and humility. It also argues that efforts to inculcate environmental mercy may help facilitate the development of more caring, loving and respectful attitudes toward nature.


Environmental justice, compassion, forgiveness, retribution, nonanthropocentrism

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