Document Type


Article Version


Publication Date

Spring 2016


Environmental philosophy is a promising branch of philosophy to renew the ancient tradition of philosophy as a way of life. I contend that to practice philosophy as a way of life involves both some conception of the good life and an array of spiritual exercises that assists one in living according to that conception. I then offer an argument for why this tradition of philosophy is worth reviving at the present time. The second half of the paper is devoted to exploring the prospects for a distinctively environmental approach to philosophy as a way of life. Give its emphasis on environmental virtue and its rich resources for developing spiritual exercises, I argue that environmental philosophy as a way of life is both a robust and attractive option.


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Publication Title

Ethics & the Environment

Published Citation

Svoboda, Toby. "Environmental Philosophy as A Way of Life." Ethics & the Environment 21.1 (Spring 2016): 39-60.



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