Many contemporary authors argue that since certain Hindu texts and traditions claim that all living beings are fundamentally the same as Brahman (God), these texts and traditions provide the basis for an environmental ethic. I outline three common versions of this argument, and argue that each fails to meet at least one criterion for an environmental ethic. This doesnt mean, however, that certain Hindu texts and traditions do not provide the basis for an environmental ethic. In the last section of the paper I briefly outline and defend an alternative, according to which all plants and animals have intrinsic value and direct moral standing in virtue of having a good.
Framarin, Christopher G.
"ATMAN, IDENTITY, AND EMANATION: ARGUMENTS FOR A HINDU ENVIRONMENTAL ETHIC,"
Comparative Philosophy: Vol. 2
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/comparativephilosophy/vol2/iss1/5