Environmental Ethics : Introduction With Readings / Edition 1

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Presupposing no prior knowledge of philosophy, John Benson introduces the fundamentals of environmental ethics by asking whether a concern with human well-being is an adequate basis for environmental ethics. He encourages the reader to explore this question, considering techniques used to value the environment and critically examining 'light green' to 'deep green' environmentalism. Each chapter is linked to a reading from a key thinker such as J.S. Mill and E.O. Wilson.
Key features include activities and exercises, enabling readers to monitor their progress throughout the book, chapter summaries and guides to further reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415212366
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Philosophy and the Human Situation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Environments and environmental ethics; 2. Environmental goods and human well-being; 3. Environmental goods and the problem of cooperation; 4. Environmental virtues; 5. What entities have independent moral status; 6. Relating to nature; a) Following nature; 7. Relating to nature; b) On being a part of nature; Afterword; Revision test; Readings; 1. 'Environmental ethics in practice' Richard and Val Routley; 2. 'The cultural approach to conservation biology' Bryan G. Norton; 3. 'The environmental ethic' Edward O. Wilson; 4. 'Economic valuation of environmental goods' David Pearce; 6. 'Tragedy of the commons' Garrett Hardin; 7. 'Game theory analysis' J.L. Mackie; 8. 'Science, wonder and lust of the eyes' John O'Neill; 9. Neither use nor ornament: a consumers' guide to care' Jane Howarth; 10. 'Respect for nature' Paul W. Taylor; 11. 'Nature' J.S. Mill; 12. 'Can and ought we follow nature?' Holmes Rolston III; 13. 'Identification, oneness, wholeness and self-realization' Arne Naess; 14. 'Nature, self and gender: feminism, environmental philosophy and the critique of rationalism' Val Plumwood; 15. 'Transpersonal ecology and the varieties of identification' Warwick Fox; 16. 'Environmental verses' Philip Larkin, G.M. Hopkins, W.H. Auden; Answers to the exercises; Answers to revision test; Bibliography; Index
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