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Landwirtschaft im Spannungsfeld zwischen Natürlichkeit und Künstlichkeit


Gregorowius, Daniel (2008). Landwirtschaft im Spannungsfeld zwischen Natürlichkeit und Künstlichkeit. Zeitschrift für evangelische Ethik, 52(2):104-118.

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This paper seeks to distil the underlying tensions between naturalness and artificiality in the field of agriculture. In this context, the concept of naturalness is often understood and employed in a normative sense. Yet while biotechnological agriculture is often seen as artificial and organic farming is perceived as natural, both practices can lead to ethically questionable consequences: naturalness is not in itself morally good. Instead, agricultural use should be judged according to the extent to which the spatiotemporal order of nature is disturbed in ways beneficial to mankind. In order to establish sustainable agriculture as a desirable goal in this sense, one may refer to God's biblical instruction in the Book of Genesis: God, who determines the framework for the use of nature created by Him, did not give the reign of the earth into the hands of man so that he may subdue (Gen 1:28) by exploiting it, but in order for him to preserve and guard it (Gen 2:15)

Abstract

This paper seeks to distil the underlying tensions between naturalness and artificiality in the field of agriculture. In this context, the concept of naturalness is often understood and employed in a normative sense. Yet while biotechnological agriculture is often seen as artificial and organic farming is perceived as natural, both practices can lead to ethically questionable consequences: naturalness is not in itself morally good. Instead, agricultural use should be judged according to the extent to which the spatiotemporal order of nature is disturbed in ways beneficial to mankind. In order to establish sustainable agriculture as a desirable goal in this sense, one may refer to God's biblical instruction in the Book of Genesis: God, who determines the framework for the use of nature created by Him, did not give the reign of the earth into the hands of man so that he may subdue (Gen 1:28) by exploiting it, but in order for him to preserve and guard it (Gen 2:15)

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:German
Date:1 January 2008
Deposited On:26 Oct 2018 16:29
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:11
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0044-2674
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.14315/zee-2008-0205
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencegruyter1014315zee20080205 (Library Catalogue)

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