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The Scales Integral to Ecology: Hierarchies in Laudato Si’ and Christian Ecological Ethics

Department of Religion, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA 98447, USA
Religions 2019, 10(9), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10090511
Received: 29 June 2019 / Revised: 21 August 2019 / Accepted: 24 August 2019 / Published: 3 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reenvisioning Christian Ethics)
Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ advocates for an “ecological conversion” to the ideal of “integral ecology”. In so doing, it offers insights into different scales of moral attention, resonating with sophisticated thinking in scientific ecology and environmental ethics. From the encyclical, Christian ecological ethicists can learn about the importance of identifying spatial and temporal scales in moral terms and the usefulness of hierarchical levels that distinguish between local, community, and global concerns. However, the encyclical assumes some hierarchical relationships—among genders, among species, and with the divine—that it does not question. Scalar thinking is a key strength of Laudato Si’ and also a signal of the work it leaves undone regarding the constructedness and limitations of all hierarchical assumptions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Christian ethics; ecology; scale; hierarchy; integral ecology; Laudato Si’; Pope Francis Christian ethics; ecology; scale; hierarchy; integral ecology; Laudato Si’; Pope Francis
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O’Brien, K.J. The Scales Integral to Ecology: Hierarchies in Laudato Si’ and Christian Ecological Ethics. Religions 2019, 10, 511.

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