Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works / Edition 1

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Extensively revised and expanded in this second edition, Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works examines morality from an environmental perspective. Featuring seventy-one accessible selections—from classic articles to examples of cutting-edge original research—it addresses both theory and practice. Asking what really matters, the first section of the book explores the abstract ideas of human value and value in nature. The second section turns to the question of what it would take to solve our real-world environmental problems. Moving beyond the "hype," it presents authoritative essays on applying environmental ethics to the issues that matter right now. The book is enhanced by chapter introductions ("Questions for Reflection and Discussion") that offer brief summaries and questions for further analysis and class discussion.

Ideal for undergraduate courses in environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, and environmental studies, Environmental Ethics, Second Edition, is also a helpful resource for graduate students and professors.

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"The new edition is an improvement on what was, in my opinion, already the best textbook available on the subject. I will certainly adopt the new edition for future environmental ethics classes. Price was an important factor in my decision."—Dan Perry, Texas Tech University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195139099
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/22/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy and joint Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Person, Polis, Planet (2008), Elements of Justice (2006), and Rational Choice and Moral Agency (1995), and coauthor of A Brief History of Liberty (2010).

Elizabeth Willott is a Principal Research Specialist in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, where she is a primary investigator on a National Science Foundation grant researching mosquito ecology in Tucson. She is also Curator of Butterfly Magic at Tucson Botanical Gardens, where she oversees the running of the butterfly display and education relative to it.

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Table of Contents

Why Environmental Ethics?
I What Really Matters? Essays on Value in Nature
1 The Dawn of Reverence 3
A Moment on the Earth 4
Thinking Like a Mountain 6
The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis 7
2 Animal Liberation and the Land Ethic 15
All Animals Are Equal 17
The Land Ethic 27
Values in and Duties to the Natural World 33
Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics: Bad Marriage, Quick Divorce 38
3 Extending the Realm of Rights 45
Should Trees Have Standing? Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects 46
The Rights of Animals 50
The Good of Trees 58
Duties Concerning Islands 71
4 Species Equality and Respect for Nature 82
The Ethics of Respect for Nature 83
Are All Species Equal? 96
5 Environmental Holism 104
How to Worry About Endangered Species 105
Biocentric Individualism 108
Deep Ecology 120
Social Ecology Versus Deep Ecology 126
Why Do Species Matter? 137
Philosophical Problems of Environmentalism 145
6 How Wild Does Nature Have to Be? 158
What's Wrong with Plastic Trees? 159
The Call of the Wild 172
Ecological Restoration and the Culture of Nature 178
7 Rethinking the Good Life 188
Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments 189
Redefining the Good Life in a Sustainable Society 199
Do We Consume Too Much? 205
Letting the World Grow Old: An Ethos of Countermodernity 221
8 Ecofeminism in Theory and Practice 231
Feminism and Ecofeminism 232
The Power and the Promise of Ecological Feminism 234
Women, Poverty, and Population: Issues for the Concerned Environmentalist 248
Women Farmers of India's Deccan Plateau: Ecofeminists Challenge World Elites 255
II What Really Works? Essays on Human Ecology
9 Human Population 265
Future Generations 266
Population, Development, and the Environment 267
Recent Population Trends 274
10 What It Takes To Preserve Wilderness 284
Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique 285
Headaches and Heartaches: The Elephant Management Dilemma 293
At the Hand of Man: Peril and Hope for Africa's Wildlife 306
When Preservationism Doesn't Preserve 320
11 Sustainable Use and Institutional Structure 330
The Tragedy of the Commons 331
Approximate Optimality of Aboriginal Property Rights 341
Environmental Lessons 348
The Institution of Property 361
12 Poverty as an Environmental Problem 373
Living on a Lifeboat 374
Famine, Affluence, and Morality 386
Global Environment and International Inequality 394
Feeding People Versus Saving Nature 404
Natural Enemies: An Anatomy of Environmental Conflict 417
13 Vanishing Resources 425
Designing Cities as if They Were Ethical Choices 426
Why the Good News Shouldn't Scare You 430
The Doomslayer 434
The Good News, in Perspective 443
14 Cost-Benefit Analysis and Environmental Policy 454
Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique 455
Cost-Benefit Analysis Defended 462
Moral Pluralism and the Environment 466
A Place for Cost-Benefit Analysis 479
15 Environmentalism in Practice 493
The Environmentalists' Dilemma: Dollars and Sand Dollars 494
Fragile Freedoms 501
Therapeutic Nihilism and Environmental Management 505
Mad Cowboy: The Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat 524
Tora! Tora! Tora! 529
The Missing Shade of Green 535
Environmental Philosophy Is Environmental Activism: The Most Radical and Effective Kind 546
Taking Environmental Ethics Public 556
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