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Overview

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: 9780534200466
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272

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

Preface
Pt. I Basic Concepts 1
Ch. 1 Science, Ethics, and the Environment 2
Ch. 2 Ethical Theory and the Environment 15
Pt. II Environmental Ethics as Applied Ethics 37
Ch. 3 Ethics and Economics: The Cases of Forests and Pollution 38
Ch. 4 Responsibilities to Future Generations: Population and Consumption 67
Ch. 5 Responsibilities to the Natural World: From Anthropocentric to Nonanthropocentric Ethics 93
Ch. 6 Responsibilities to the Natural World: The Case for Animals 112
Pt. III Theories of Environmental Ethics 127
Ch. 7 Biocentric Ethics and the Inherent Value of Life 128
Ch. 8 Ecology, Wilderness, and Ethics 152
Ch. 9 The Land Ethic 181
Ch. 10 Deep Ecology 210
Ch. 11 Social Ecology and Ecofeminism 232
Epilogue: Pluralism and Pragmatism 262
Index 273
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