Francisco Benzoni has an article entitled “An Augustinian Understanding of Love in an Ecological Context.” This is the way he describes his procedure…

I show how Augustine’s analysis of fundamental human loves provides insight into some of the anthropological determinants of ecological degradation. This discussion is framed by Augustine’s distinction between caritas, as seeking one’s final end in God, and cupiditas, as seeking one’s final end in that which is other than God. I argue that different forms of cupiditas can be discerned in ecologically destructive consumption habits and in seeking to control the natural world.

The distinction between caritas and cupiditas alongside the well-known distinction between uti and frui is interesting.

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