Environmental Ethics: An Invitation to Environmental Philosophy / Edition 3

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The text serves as an introduction to ethical theory as it applies to environmental issues and as a casebook on contemporary problems of science, industry, and individual decision-making. It provides a readable, yet philosophically careful survey of the field of environmental ethics. It is comprehensive, covering topics from the relevance of Aristotle's ethics for environmental issues to Deep Ecology and Ecofeminism.

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Helps readers move beyond politics and economics to the deeper philosophical issues underlying environmental concepts. After an introduction to the relevance of philosophy for environmental concerns and an overview of traditional ethical theories, chapters examine a full spectrum of current philosophical positions. Cases introducing each chapter raise fundamental ethical and philosophical questions. Topics discussed range from the relevance of Aristotle's ethics to controversial theories such as deep ecology. This third edition features material on biocentric ethics and environmental pragmatism. The author teaches philosophy at the College of St. Benedict. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534519667
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph DesJardins (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is professor of philosophy at the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. He specializes in business ethics and environmental ethics and has also published Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics (Fifth Edition, Wadsworth, 2005) with John McCall.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Basic Concepts. 1. Science, Ethics, And The Environment. Discussion: Technological Solutions and Environmental Problems. Introduction: Why Philosophy? Science and Ethics. What is Environmental Ethics? 2. Ethical Theory And The Environment. Discussion: Individual Rights and Social Goods. Introduction. Why Ethical Theory? Ethical Relativism. Natural Law-The Tradition of Teleology. The Utilitarian Tradition. Deontology: An Ethics of Duty and Rights. Social Justice and Property Rights. Part II: Environmental Ethics As Applied Ethics. 3.Ethics And Economics: The Cases Of Forests And Pollution. Discussion: Development Versus Preservation. Introduction. Forests: Conservation or Preservation? Managing the National Forests. Pollution and Economics. Ethical Issues in Economic Analysis. Cost-Benefit Analysis. Ethical Analysis and Environmental Economics. Sustainable Economics. 4. Responsibilities To Future Generations: Population And Consumption. Discussion: Population and Consumption. Introduction. Population, Consumption, and Ethics. Do We Have Responsibilities to Future Generations? Responsibilities to the Future: Utilitarian Happiness. Responsibilities to the Future: The Rights of Future People. Responsibilities to the Future: Caring for the Future. Do We Consume Too Much? Conclusion Sustainable Living — Now and in the Future. 5. Responsibilities To The Natural World: From Anthropocentric Ethics. Discussion: Mass Extinctions. Introduction. Moral Standing in the Western Tradition. Early Environmental Ethics: Passmore and Blackstone. Moral Standing: The Recent Debate. Do Trees Have Standing? 6 Responsibilities To The Natural World: The Case For Animals. Discussion: Animal Research and Factory Farming. Introduction. Peter Singer and the Animal Liberation Movement. Tom Regan and Animal Rights. Ethical Implications of Animal Welfare. Criticisms. Part III. Theories Of Environmental Ethics. 7. Biocentric Ethics And The Inherent Value Of Life. Discussion: Biodiversity. Introduction. Instrumental Value and Intrinsic Value. Biocentric Ethics and the Reverence for Life. Ethics and Character. Taylor's Biocentric Ethics. Practical Implications. Challenges and Developments. 8. Ecology, Wilderness, And Ethics. Discussion: Fires and Wilderness Management: The Cases of Yellowstone and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Introduction. The Wilderness Ideal. The Wilderness Myth": The Contemporary Debate. From Ecology to Philosophy. From Ecology to Ethics. Varieties of Holism. 9. The Land Ethic. Discussion: A Place for Predators. Introduction. The Land Ethic. Leopold's Holism. Criticisms of the Land Ethic: Facts and Values. Criticisms of the Land Ethic: Holistic Ethics. Callicott's Revisions. 10. Deep Ecology. Introduction. The Deep Ecology Platform. Ecology and Ecophilosophy. Metaphysical Ecology. From Metaphysics to Ethics. Self-Realization and Biocentric Equality. Criticisms. 11. Social Ecology And Ecofeminism. Discussion: The World Bank Memo and the Chipko Movement. Introduction. Theories of Social Justice. Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism. Murray Bookshin's Social Ecology. Critical Reflections. Ecofeminism: Making Connections. Ecofeminism: Recent Developments. Epilogue: Pluralism And Pragmatism. Index.

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