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Ethical perspectives on the environmental impact of property development

A. Sentle Mokori, Chris E. Cloete
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 3 | a3209 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i3.3209 | © 2016 A. Sentle Mokori, Chris E. Cloete | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 September 2015 | Published: 12 August 2016

About the author(s)

A. Sentle Mokori, Department of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Chris E. Cloete, Department of Construction Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Three perspectives that can be found in ethical decision-making are explored to suggest guidelines for ethical property development: the instrumental, the intrinsic and the pluralist perspective. Given the limitations of the instrumental and the intrinsic perspectives, it is suggested that the appropriate perspective to be adopted by ethical property developers is that of pragmatism, as being a system of moral pluralism. This perspective can be utilised as a flexible toolbox which unites both traditional ethical values and the diversity of environmental ethics, as well as allowing new values to emerge without adhering to relativism.


Ethical perspectives; Environmental impract; Property development; Construction; Economics


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