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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2014, Vol. 9 Issue (4) : 586-601
Environmental Ethics and Linkola’s Ecofascism: An Ethics Beyond Humanism
Evangelos D. Protopapadakis()
Department of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens 15703, Greece
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Ecofascism as a tradition in Environmental Ethics seems to burgeoning with potential. The roots of Ecofascism can be traced back to the German Romantic School, to the Wagnerian narration of the Nibelungen saga, to the works of Fichte and Herder and, finally, to the so-called v?lkisch movement. Those who take pride in describing themselves as ecofascists grosso modo tend to prioritize the moral value of the ecosphere, while, at the same time, they almost entirely devalue species and individuals. Additionally, these ecofascists are eager to reject democracy, the idea of progress in its entirety, as well as industrialization and urbanization. They also seem to be hostile towards individual autonomy and free will. In this short essay I will present and discuss Kaarlo Pentti Linkola’s approach to environmental ethics, one that could be well described as the epitome of Ecofascism. I will argue that his arguments are neither sound nor documented, and I will conclude that Linkola’s overall approach is, in my view, contrary to the purpose as well as to the very essence of morality.

Keywords ecofascism      anthropocentricism      ecocentricism      environmental crisis      depopulation      ethical holism      environmental ethics     
Issue Date: 11 December 2014
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Evangelos D. Protopapadakis. Environmental Ethics and Linkola’s Ecofascism: An Ethics Beyond Humanism[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2014, 9(4): 586-601.
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