Environmental Dilemmas: Ethical Decision Making

Environmental Dilemmas: Ethical Decision Making

by Robert Mugerauer, Lynne Manzo
     
 

Because many people and ecosystems share—or constitute—any given place, they all have a stake in the outcome of what any of us do in regard to environmental problems. It is not surprising that issues are hotly contested given the many divergent interests, needs, and preferences of a community's members, much less those of people "downstream" who are

Overview

Because many people and ecosystems share—or constitute—any given place, they all have a stake in the outcome of what any of us do in regard to environmental problems. It is not surprising that issues are hotly contested given the many divergent interests, needs, and preferences of a community's members, much less those of people "downstream" who are affected by the consequences of our actions or of "outside" parties who play a part, including those who would speak on behalf of the ecosystems. Thus, we not only must make careful individual decisions concerning the environment, but need to improve the way we operate socially, especially given the roles and responsibilities we have as environmental professionals, private-sector developers, public policy-makers and staff, or engaged citizens. To aid in resolving our environmental dilemmas, Mugerauer and Manzo focus on the decision making process. Their goal is to help readers become more aware of the worldviews, beliefs, and values that enter into the decisions they make and to better resolve differences with others. To guide readers in thinking about their own positions and how to approach ethical decisions, Mugerauer and Manzo employ a number of exercises and cases to investigate the choices and issues that different stakeholders face (for example, concerning sustainability). Additionally, the book presents alternatives in terms of formalized ethical principles, the major ethical theories, and professional codes of ethics.

Editorial Reviews

Winter 2009 Environmental Ethics
It does a real service by showing that the diverse envrionmental design professions have more similarities than differences when it comes to ethical reasoning.
Ingrid Leman Stefanovic
Over the last decades, many books have been published in the field of environmental ethics. Far too few link ethics to practical strategies for environmental decision making. Finally, here is a book that makes a real difference: this important volume breaks new ground by moving beyond abstract theorizing and focusing instead on how to actually make environmental decisions in a responsible manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739120576
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
05/18/2008
Series:
Toposophia: Sustainability, Dwelling, Design Series
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Mugerauer is professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington. Lynne Manzo is associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington.

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