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On the eve of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Fernando J. R. da Rocha challenged environmental philosophers to suggest and develop effective ways in which universities might engender ecological literacy and environmental ethics. The result was a pre-conference held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, whose aim was to put the summit in philosophical perspective, influence its outcome, and chart a new course, linking environment and ethics through university education. This book is an outgrowth of the Porto Alegre ...
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Earth Summit Ethics

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Overview

On the eve of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Fernando J. R. da Rocha challenged environmental philosophers to suggest and develop effective ways in which universities might engender ecological literacy and environmental ethics. The result was a pre-conference held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, whose aim was to put the summit in philosophical perspective, influence its outcome, and chart a new course, linking environment and ethics through university education. This book is an outgrowth of the Porto Alegre conference, and the international environmental philosophers and educators represented here inaugurate a constructive dialogue that will continue well into the twenty-first century. Among the contributors to the volume are environmental philosophers Andrew Brennan, J. Baird Callicott, Fernando J. R. da Rocha, and Holmes Ralston, III, and education theorists Peter Madsen and John Lemons. In addition, the book introduces English-language readers to the work of French philosopher Catherine Larrere, Spanish philosopher Nicholas Sosa, and Brazil's radical former Secretary for the Environment and deep ecologist Jose Lutzenberger.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791498408
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 580 KB

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodren Thought
Ch. 1 Introduction: Ethics, University, and Environment 1
Ch. 2 Science, Technology, Economics, Ethics, and Environment 23
Ch. 3 The Ethics of Dialogue and the Environment: Solidarity as a Foundation for Environmental Ethics 47
Ch. 4 What Can Universities and Professional Schools Do to Save the Environment? 71
Ch. 5 Incontinence, Self-Deception, Shallow Analysis, Myth-making, an Economic Rationality: Their Bearing on Environmental Policy 93
Ch. 6 Ethics, Politics, Science, and the Environment: Concerning the Natural Contract 115
Ch. 7 Benevolent Symbiosis: The Philosophy of Conservation Reconstructed 139
Ch. 8 Earth Ethics: A Challenge to Liberal Education 161
Ch. 9 Afterword: University Education in Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection 193
Appendix The Porto Alegre Declaration 221
Selected Bibliography 225
Notes on Contributors and Centers 231
Index 235
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