Social Ecology And Social Justice

  • Karuna Kanta Barman Research Scholar, Department of Philosophy, University of Raiganj University
Keywords: ecology, justice, environment, anthropocentrism, value, eco-feminism

Abstract

The main strategy of this paper is to explain and examine social ecology and social justice.  Justice is what is just. It is mainly associated with humans. But in this paper attempt will be made to show the relevance of justice from ecological or environmental perspective. By the term ‘social ecology’, we mean the theory of eco-feminism. It is said that women are closed to nature. Therefore, exploitation of women is at par with exploitation of nature. This is where the question of justice comes into consideration. Social ecology tells us that the root of ecological crisis actually hinges on social and environmental issue. The domination and degradation of ecology actually comes from social factors of which eco-feminism is one of them. Due to social factors, humans’ outlook towards nature takes a radical change over the centuries. Human’s attitude towards nature is anthropocentric in nature where domination, subjugation and extinction are the order of the day. Therefore, the relevance of justice is prerequisite even in ecology. People are now voicing in favor of ecological or environmental justice to address the problem of social ecology in proper. It is said that the domination of man over nature is at par with the domination of man by man. To exploit nature is to exploit women and to exploit women is to exploit man. This exploitation can be blocked just by way of proper understanding of social ecology and justice. Ecological justice can be comprehended with regard to value.

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Published
2018-06-27
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