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Estudios y perspectivas en turismo

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FILGUEIRAS NODAR, José María. Moralizing Tourism: Critical Thoughts and Alternative Views. Estud. perspect. tur. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.4, pp.838-875. ISSN 1851-1732.

Creating codes of ethics in the quest for an improvement on the moral quality of tourism is a wrong modus operandi. Inspired by that consideration, this paper has the following objectives: (1) introducing the 'moralisation of tourism', criticized by Jim Butcher; (2) questioning the main negative aspect of it: that it turns tourism ethics into something superficial; (3) setting out that the actual boom of codes of ethics contributes to trivializing tourism ethics; and (4) showing some interesting alternatives to codes of ethics, as Arne Naess´ 'deep ecology' and 'ecosophy-T', the 'expansion of the circle' proposed by Richard Rorty and, finally, moral reasoning methods.

Keywords : Jim Butcher; Codes of ethics; Tourism; Moral reasoning; Deep ecology; Richard Rorty.

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