Exchange with Nature and with Gods: License to Exploit

  title={Exchange with Nature and with Gods: License to Exploit},
  author={Resit Ergener},
Only one of the exchange partners, the human, determines the rate of exchange with nature, whereas both parties have a say in the determination of the exchange rate between two humans. This is one of the reasons which have led to an undervaluation of natural resources and to their consequent plunder, which has continued through ages. Abrahamic religions provide justification for the exploitation of nature by humans. There has also been a trend present in Abrahamic religions which promotes the… Expand


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