Intrinsic values and the life framework of values: why we should go back to basics -comment to O'Connor and Kenter (2019)

S.L.F. Neuteleers*, Glenn Deliège, Ullrich Melle

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The IPBES Framework aims to allow room for a plurality of values and recently proposed a move from `Ecosystem Services’ to `Nature’s Contributions to People’. O’Connor and Kenter (2019) argue that both approaches still disregard nature as an end in itself. Therefore, they propose a new conceptualisation of `intrinsic value’ and a new approach, labelled the `Life Framework of Values’. This work is highly relevant, but we argue that there are some fundamental conceptual problems with their current account, in particular with the conceptualisation of intrinsic value, relational value, and their category of `living as’. We argue that the changes made to the underlying framework of O’Neill add more confusion than clarification, that it is better to return to the original framework and to focus energy on making that framework applicable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-316
Number of pages4
JournalSustainability Science
Volume16
Issue number1
Early online date6 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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