1. For purposes of their argument, Elliott and Lamm ask us, in the first
paragraphs of their article, to accept certain premises about our present
world. What are the most important of those premises, in your mind, that
they ask us to accept?
2. What do you understand “The Tragedy of the Commons” to
be (paragraph 2), according to their description?
3. Elliott and Lamm describe what they understand
to be (paragraph 8). Do you agree with their assessment?
this article Elliott and Lamb are describing “an ethic of the
commons” (paragraphs 5, 26, 27, 28, etc). What do you understand
of the commons” to be, according to this essay?
5. In paragraph 19 Elliott and Lamm say “When
the population in any environment is small and natural resources plentiful,
person increases the welfare of all. As more and more people are added,
increasingly to exploit the finite resources of the environment. At a
point, the members of an increasing population become so crowded that
they stop benefiting each other; by damaging the environment that supports
by limiting the space available to each person, and by increasing the
amount of waste and pollution, their activity begins to cause harm. That
growth changes from good to bad.”
How do you see this as fitting into what they are saying in this essay?
6. If you had to give a formal definition of Elliott
and Lamm’s ethic of
the commons, how would you define it? In other words, try completing these two
sentences: “According to an ethic of the commons, actions would be
considered right in so far as they...[complete this sentence]. And actions
would be considered
wrong in so far as they... [complete this sentence].