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Ecological Ethics / Edition 1
     

Ecological Ethics / Edition 1

by Patrick Curry
 

ISBN-10: 0745629083

ISBN-13: 9780745629087

Pub. Date: 11/15/2005

Publisher: Wiley

This book is a major new introduction to the field of ecological ethics. Taking issue with the common assumption that existing human ethics can be 'extended' to meet the demands of the ongoing ecological crisis, Patrick Curry shows that a new and truly ecological ethic is both possible and urgently needed. With this distinctive proposition in mind, Curry introduces

Overview

This book is a major new introduction to the field of ecological ethics. Taking issue with the common assumption that existing human ethics can be 'extended' to meet the demands of the ongoing ecological crisis, Patrick Curry shows that a new and truly ecological ethic is both possible and urgently needed. With this distinctive proposition in mind, Curry introduces and discusses all the major concepts needed to understand the full range of ecological ethics.

Focussing first on the major concepts of ethics - religious and secular - and value, Curry then examines the gradations of ecological ethics. He discusses light green, shallow or anthropomorphic ethics with the examples of stewardship, lifeboat ethics, and social ecology; mid-green or intermediate ethics represented by animal liberation/rights and biocentrism; and dark green, deep, or ecocentric ethics. Particular attention is given to the various kinds of ecocentric ethics, such as the Land Ethic, The Gaia Hypothesis, and Deep Ecology and its offshoots: Deep Green Theory, Left Biocentrism and the Earth Manifesto. Ecofeminism is also considered in this context. The concluding chapters discuss green ethics as post-secular, moral pluralism and pragmatism, green citizenship, and human population in the light of ecological ethics.

This comprehensive and wide-ranging textbook offers a radical but critical introduction to the subject. It will be of great interest to students, activists, and to a wider public concerned with the ecocrisis, its main theories, debates, and possible solutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745629087
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/15/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • " This Book
  • " Value and Nature
  • " Ethics and Grub
  • " What's New?
  • " Transparency
  • Chapter 2: Ecological Crisis
  • " The Signs
  • " Analysing Ecocrisis
  • " Science and Technology
  • Chapter 3: Ethics
  • " What is Ethics?
  • " Ethical Realism vs. Relativism
  • " The Naturalistic Fallacy
  • " Religious Ethics
  • " Secular Ethics
  • Chapter 4: Three Schools of Ethics
  • " Virtue Ethics
  • " Deontology ('Rights')
  • " Utilitarianism ('Consequences')
  • Chapter 5: Value
  • " Some Issues
  • " Anthropocentrism
  • " Ecocentrism
  • Chapter 6: Light Green or Shallow (Anthropocentric) Ethics
  • " What is a Light Green Ethic?
  • " Lifeboat Ethics
  • Chapter 7: Mid-green or Intermediate Ethics
  • " Animal Liberation
  • " Animal Rights
  • " Biocentrism
  • Chapter 8: Dark Green or Deep (Ecocentric) Ethics
  • " A Suggested Definition
  • " The Land Ethic
  • " Gaia Theory
  • " Deep Ecology
  • " Deep-Green Theory
  • " Left Biocentrism
  • " The Earth Manifesto
  • " Ecofeminism
  • Chapter 9: Green Ethics as Post-Secular
  • " Dogmatic Secularism
  • " An Ecocentric Spirituality
  • Chapter 10: Moral Pluralism and Pragmatism
  • " The Poverty of Monism
  • " The Consequences of Pluralism
  • Chapter 11: Green citizenship
  • " Making it Real
  • " A Long Revolution?
  • " Ecological Republicanism
  • " A Note on Cunning Wisdom
  • Chapter 12: A Case-Study: Human Overpopulation
  • " The Problem
  • " Analysing Overpopulation
  • " What Overpopulation Is and is Not
  • " Overpopulation and Ecocentrism
  • Postscript
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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