Seminar: Does Nature Have Intrinsic Value?

Many of us feel that nature has intrinsic value—i.e., that it is good that it exists and flourishes, independently of the ways in which it benefits sentient beings. Here, I will argue that while this is not so, it is nonetheless very good—and even rational, in a sense—to revere, cherish, and love nature for its own sake. I will then discuss some significant practical (including policy) implications of this view.


Ben Bramble is a Lecturer in the Fenner School of Environment & Society. Prior to then, he held tenured lectureships in Ireland and the UK, and was a visiting fellow at Princeton University and the University of Oxford.