Paul Taylor’s Respect for Nature was first published 1986 when environmental ethics was a relatively new field. In it he defended a deontological biocentric environmental ethic predicated on the idea that all living beings have inherent value. It was a groundbreaking work in non-anthropocentric ethics, and since then it has been frequently anthologized and used in ethics and environmental philosophy courses taught around the world. The Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition of Respect for Nature (2011) contains a two-page forward by Dale Jamieson, who notes the continued urgency for intellectuals to consider the meaning of “respect for nature.” When Respect for Nature was first published, most professional ethicists were unclear on how to think about our moral duties to the non-human world. Taylor has provided us a unique way of thinking about such matters that is still relevant today.
"Respect for Nature: A Theory of Environmental Ethics,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 3, Article 28.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/id-journal/vol3/iss1/28