Earth's Insights: A Multicultural Survey of Ecological Ethics from the Mediterranean Basin to the Australian Outback / Edition 1

Earth's Insights: A Multicultural Survey of Ecological Ethics from the Mediterranean Basin to the Australian Outback / Edition 1

by J. Baird Callicott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520085604

ISBN-13: 9780520085602

Pub. Date: 12/29/1997

Publisher: University of California Press

The environmental crisis is global in scope, yet contemporary environmental ethics is centered predominantly in Western philosophy and religion. Earth's Insights widens the scope of environmental ethics to include the ecological teachings embedded in non-Western worldviews. J. Baird Callicott ranges broadly, exploring the sacred texts of Islam, Hinduism, Jainism,…  See more details below

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The environmental crisis is global in scope, yet contemporary environmental ethics is centered predominantly in Western philosophy and religion. Earth's Insights widens the scope of environmental ethics to include the ecological teachings embedded in non-Western worldviews. J. Baird Callicott ranges broadly, exploring the sacred texts of Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism, as well as the oral traditions of Polynesia, North and South America, and Australia. He also documents the attempts of various peoples to put their environmental ethics into practice. Finally, he wrestles with a question of vital importance to all people sharing the fate of this small planet: How can the world's many and diverse environmental philosophies be brought together in a complementary and consistent whole?

Author Biography: J. Baird Callicott is Professor of Philosophy and Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and author of In Defense of the Land Ethic: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (1989).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520085602
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/29/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
788,454
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
1Introduction: The Notion of and Need for Environmental Ethics1
Ethics and Environmental Ethics1
The Practicality of Ethics3
Traditional, Modern, and Postmodern Environmental Ethics7
Comparative Environmental Ethics and the One-Many Problem11
2The Historical Roots of Western European Environmental Attitudes and Values14
The Judeo-Christian Tradition14
The Despotic Interpretation15
The Stewardship Interpretation16
The Citizenship Interpretation17
The Stewardship Environmental Ethic21
Greco-Roman Historical Roots24
Mythology25
Philosophy26
Islam30
Gaia Redux36
Goddess Spirituality38
The Gaia Hypothesis39
The Earth Ethic41
3Environmental Attitudes and Values in South Asian Intellectual Traditions44
Hinduism44
Jainism53
Buddhism57
4Traditional East Asian Deep Ecology67
Taoism67
Confucianism75
5Ecological Insights in East Asian Buddhism87
Hua-yen88
Tendai and Shingon92
Zen97
The Japanese and the Environment: A Paradox102
6Far Western Environmental Ethics109
Polynesian Paganism109
American Indian Land Wisdom119
Lakota Shamanism120
Ojibwa Totemism126
7South American Eco-Eroticism133
North-South Comparative Philosophy133
South American Ecologies of Mind134
Tukano Systems Theory136
Kayapo Agro-ecology144
8African Biocommunitarianism and Australian Dreamtime156
The African Scene156
A Paradox156
The Unity in Diversity of African Thought159
Yoruba Anthropo-theology161
A San Etiquette of Freedom167
An African Afterword172
Australian Aboriginal Conservators172
Elements of an Australian Worldview174
An Australian Environmental Ethic179
9A Postmodern Evolutionary-Ecological Environmental Ethic185
What Is Postmodernism?185
The One-Many Problem187
A Genealogy of Science193
The Postmodern Scientific Revolution197
A Natural History of Environmental Ethics199
The Postmodern Credentials of the Leopold Land Ethic205
10Traditional Environmental Ethics in Action211
The Stewardship Environmental Ethic in Action212
The Hindu Environmental Ethic in Action218
The Buddhist Environmental Ethic in Action227
The Sri Lanka Sarvodaya Movement227
Buddhist Forest Conservation in Thailand232
Notes235
Index263

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