Respecting the Interdependent Web of Existence

  • February 25, 2018
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: Gilbert Fargen
  • Presented by The first part of our talk explores what the several sciences say about the interdependent web. We then examine how their contributions can be combined to produce a unified picture of the web. It is a picture of a partial hierarchy of webs of increasing and evolving complexity.  Moreover, it is picture of webs in which some parts are independent, some are dependent, some are interdependent and some are in competition for existence with other parts.

    The second part of the talk addresses what is required for us to respect a web. In everyday life, we are confronted with ethical decisions regarding respect for persons and balancing their competing claims for respect. While ethical decisions concerning persons are grounded in compassion, ethical decisions concerning webs need to be grounded in something more general. We argue that decisions concerning webs require grounding in appreciation.