This anthology, designed for use in undergraduate courses in environmental ethics, includes new and classic readings by leading writers in the field, full-length case studies, and many short discussion cases. Introductions and discussion questions are provided for all the essays, with each chapter introduced by a summary of the issues and appropriate philosophic, historical and scientific background. Exploring ethical theory, environmental ethics, science and the environmental movement, Earthcare also offers suggestions for students on how to think about ethics and the environment. Through many worldviews, religions and philosophical perspectives, this collection grapples with environmental ethics issues from valuing nature, concerns about the atmosphere, water, land, animals, and human population as well as the interlocking and often problematic interests of business, consumption, energy and sustainability. This book also features examples of a wide variety of environmentally engaged individuals, giving students a way of seeing the connections between the material studied and what they themselves might accomplish.
This text features the important classic writings in environmental ethics vital to any effective representation of the subject, while also including a significant number of new voices, enabling students and instructors to gain a sense of the currency and liveliness of the field. Especially valuable, and setting this book apart from most textbooks in environmental ethics, are the 'In The First Person' vignettes from a range of environmental specialists, philosophers, and activists who give eloquent response to the question of why earth care matters. This text shows that environmental ethics is truly theory-in-action; as a field of study it does not merely identify salient conceptual and practical environmental problems, but strives to do something about them.
1 Preface: The Design of This Book and How to Get the Most Out of It 2 Acknowledgments 3 Part I: A Philosophical and Ethical Framework for Environmental Ethics 4 CHAPTER 1: Introduction 5 CHAPTER 2: The worldviews of the Abrahamic religions and the environment 6 CHAPTER 3: Asian, Native American, and Modern Western Worldviews and the Environment 7 CHAPTER 4: Valuing Nature 8 CHAPTER 5: Deep Ecology & Biocentrism 9 CHAPTER 6: Ecofeminism 10 CHAPTER 7: Social Ecology & Environmental Justice 11 Part II: Environmental Ethics and Areas of Environmental Concern 12 CHAPTER 8: Atmospheric Problems 13 CHAPTER 9: Waste 14 CHAPTER 10: Land Degradation 15 CHAPTER 11: Water Pollution and Water Resources 16 CHAPTER 12: Biodiversity 17 CHAPTER 13: Animal Rights 18 CHAPTER 14: Global Population Expansion 19 CHAPTER 15: Sustainability, Consumption, Business and Energy 20 Epilogue