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Both complex and moving, this story grounds Patti Clayton's overview of environmental ethics theory. Using the story as a touchstone for critical comparison, Clayton explores three major traditions of environmental philosophy: extensionism, ecofeminism's 'care' ethic, and Heideggerian Phenomenology. In doing so, she guides readers through the evolution and central concepts of each tradition, moving intriguingly between theory and the well-known rescue story as an apt illustration of the complexities of ethical deliberation.
Clayton's critical thinking leads to a deeper appreciation of the ways in which different sets of assumptions yield unique interpretations of such issues. Readers have the opportunity to consider the implications of this environmental ethics issue as a microcosm of human-nonhuman interaction. The unifying narrative of the whale story, which is based on the commentary of participants and observers, provides both an engaging vehicle for the study of environmental ethicsand a "real world" testament to the multifaceted nature of human-nonhuman relationships, encouraging readers to reflect on the connection of such incidents in their own lives.
|Ch. 1||The Case Study: The Grays of October and Operation Breakout||1|
|Ch. 2||The Tradition of Rationalism||30|
|Ch. 3||Whale Rescue Story I||75|
|Ch. 4||The "Care" Tradition||95|
|Ch. 5||Whale Rescue Story II||135|
|Ch. 6||The Phenomenological Tradition of Martin Heidegger||162|
|Ch. 7||Whale Rescue Story III||203|
|Ch. 8||Recap and Reflection||227|
|Ch. 9||The Evolution of Moral Philosophy||254|
|Appendix: Study Participants and Resources||273|