Can democrats be environmentalists? Democracy and the Claims of Nature tackles the core questions raised by the intersection of our democratic and environmental commitments, including the conceptual and practical connections between democratic theory and environmental ethics, the potential for an environmentally defined democratic citizenship, the concerns of equity and justice in environmental discourse and policy making, and the shape and future of democratic environmental movements. The prominent contributors-philosophers, political theorists, and social scientists-engage both the complexities and the possibilities of a robustly democratic environmentalism, and each offers their own unique insights into the particular challenges that flow from the intermingling of environmental ethics and politics. Taken together, the essays provide an indispensable multidisciplinary analysis of the ways in which our loyalties to democracy and the environment confront and mutually reinforce one another in theory and practice. Democracy and the Claims of Nature will be of great interest not only to students and educators in environmental studies, American political thought, and democratic theory, but to environmental professionals and citizens concerned about the health of both our democratic ideas and institutions and the environment in the 21st Century.
It is a testament to the innovation shown by the contributors that this volume exhibits such a high degree of originality. The book successfully traverses environmental ethics, democratic theory and environmental movements. It is a valuable contribution to an important area of green political theory.
This collection will become the definitive text to consult to understand the interplay of democratic norms and environmental values. In this benchmark study, the leading philosophers in the field integrate past research and lay out the intellectual agenda for the future.
John Martin Gillroy
There is no more necessary debate within environmental studies than that defining the 'proper' role for responsive democratic politics in making collective choices regarding nature. Should anticipatory institutions, within a republic, regulate humanity's use of the environment on the basis of prior principle, or should collective choices only be made when communities perceive the need for them and give their active consent? This important book sets out the moral, political, and social parameters of this debate in stark relief and challenges the reader to consider all its ramifications.
Philosophers, political theorists, and social scientists address the relationship between democracy and environmentalism. Minteer (environmental studies, Bucknell U.) and Taylor (political science, U. of Vermont) organize the 17 contributions into four sections focusing on democratic and environmental values, issues of citizenship as stewardship, environmentalism and the boundaries of democratic discourse, and the role of environmental political movements. Rather than promote a unitary view of the issue, the articles engage in a dialogue characterized by frequent disagreement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Democracy and Environmental Values Chapter 4 Democracy and Environmentalism: Foundations and Justifications in Environmental Policy Chapter 5 Deweyan Democracy and Environmental Ethics Chapter 6 Environmental Pragmatism, Ecocentrism, and Deliberative Democracy Chapter 7 The Legitimacy Crisis in Environmental Ethics and Politics Chapter 8 Science, Value, and Ethics: A Hierarchical Theory Part 9 Environmentalism and Democratic Citizenship Chapter 10 Opinionated Natures: Toward a Green Public Culture Chapter 11 Vulnerability and Virtue: Democracy, Dependency, and Ecological Stewardship Chapter 12 Restoring Ecological Citizenship Chapter 13 Aldo Leopold's Civic Education Part 14 Environmentalism and the Boundaries of Democratic Discourse Chapter 15 Justice, Democracy, and Global Warming Chapter 16 Environmentalism, Democracy, and the Cultural Politics of Nature in Monte Verde, Costa Rica Chapter 17 Environmental Rights as Democratic Rights Chapter 18 Deliberative Democracy and Environmental Policy Part 19 Democracy and Environmental Movements Chapter 20 Cycles of Closure in Environmental Politics and Policy Chapter 21 The People, Politics, and the Planet: Who Knows, Protects, and Serves Nature Best? Chapter 22 Linking Movements and Constructing a New Vision: Environmental Justice and Community Food Security Chapter 23 Civic Environmentalism