Overview

The second edition of Environmental Ethics combines a strong theoretical foundation with applications to some of the most pressing environmental problems. Through a mix of classic and new essays, it discusses applied issues such as pollution, climate change, animal rights, biodiversity, and sustainability. Roughly half of the selections are original essays new to this edition.

  • Accessible introduction for beginners, including important ...
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Environmental Ethics

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Overview

The second edition of Environmental Ethics combines a strong theoretical foundation with applications to some of the most pressing environmental problems. Through a mix of classic and new essays, it discusses applied issues such as pollution, climate change, animal rights, biodiversity, and sustainability. Roughly half of the selections are original essays new to this edition.

  • Accessible introduction for beginners, including important established essays and new essays commissioned especially for the volume
  • Roughly half of the selections are original essays new to this edition, including an entirely new chapter on Pollution and climate change and a new section on Sustainability
  • Includes new material on ethical theory as a grounding for understanding the ethical dimensions of the environment, our interactions with it, and our place in it
  • The text incorporates helpful pedagogy, including extensive editorial material, cases, and study questions
  • Includes key information on recent developments in the field
  • Presents a carefully selected set of readings designed to progressively move the reader to competency in subject comprehension and essay writing
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What People Are Saying

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“This collection of essays on environmental ethics, now in its second edition, is invaluable. It contains not just the classic ground-breaking essays on the land ethic, on shallow and deep ecology, and on socialist and feminist approaches to the environment (by Leopold, Naess, Bookchin, Merchant and others), but also up-to-the-minute essays on key issues, including anthropocentrism and speciesism and the rights of future generations, as well as reviewing the arguments around climate change. This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to sharpen their moral awareness in addressing the global environmental crisis.”

—Dermot Moran, University College Dublin

“Boylan combines provocative readings on animals, environment and sustainability, with object lessons in how to think clearly about tricky cases. A neat feature of the book is the way in which the cases are deftly woven into the structure of the collection. The result is a hands-on guide on how to think clearly about some of the baffling issues in environmental ethics.”

—Andrew Brennan, La Trobe University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118658017
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Boylan is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Marymount University. He is the author and editor of 26 books, including his manifesto on social/political philosophy A Just Society (2004), and on cosmopolitanism Morality and Global Justice: Justifications and Applications (2011). Boylan was himself the focus of an edited volume, Morality and Justice: Reading Boylan’s A Just Society (2009). He has served on professional and governmental policy committees and was a fellow at the Center for American Progress and a program presenter at The Brookings Institution. He has been an invited speaker in nine countries around the world, including talks in Oxford, Cambridge, Cologne, Oslo, Dublin, Sydney, and the Sorbonne.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
ch. 1 Introduction: Worldview and Applied Ethics 1
Interview with Tamar Datan 17
ch. 2 Four Traditional Ethical Theories 22
Evaluating a Case Study: Developing a Practical Ethical Viewpoint 30
ch. 3 Worldview Arguments for Environmentalism 38
The Land Ethic, Deep Ecology, and Social Ecology 40
The Land Ethic 41
The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Rang Ecology Movement: A Summary 49
Deep Ecology 54
What Is Social Ecology? 62
Ecofeminism 76
Ecofeminism and Feminist Theory 77
The Power and Promise of Ecological Feminism 84
[From] Nature, Self, and Gender: Feminism, Environmental Philosophy, and the Critique of Rationalism 92
Religion and Aesthetics 109
Bal-Taschit: A Jewsih Environmental Precept 111
Ties That Bind: Native American Beliefs as a Foundation for Environmental Consciousness 131
African Biocommunitarianism and Australian Dreamtime 141
Aesthetics and the Value of Nature 159
Evaluating a Case Study: Finding the Conflicts 173
ch. 4 A Linking Principle to Applied Environmental Ethics 179
Worldview and the Value-Duty Link to Environmental Ethics 180
Evaluating a Case Study: Assessing Embedded Levels 197
ch. 5 The Moral Basis for Environmentalism 205
Anthropocentric Justification 206
Human Rights and Future Generations 207
Environmental Values, Anthropocentrism and Speciesism 212
Biocentric Justifications 227
Environmental Ethics: Values in and Duties to the Natural World 228
Respect for Nature: A Theory of Environmental Ethics 248
Searching the Middle 260
Reconciling Anthropocentric and Nonanthropocentric Environmental Ethics 262
On the Reconciliation of Anthropocentric and Nonanthropocentric Environmental Ethics 277
Reconciliation Reaffirmed: A Reply to Steverson 289
Evaluating a Case Study: Applying Ethical Issues 294
ch. 6 Applied Environmental Ethics 301
Animal Rights 302
All Animals Are Equal 304
The Radical Egalitarian Case for Animal Rights 320
A Critique of Regan's Animal Rights Theory 331
Biodiversity 340
Biodiversity as the Source of Biological Resources: A New Look at Biodiversity Values 341
"Philosophical Problems for Environmentalism" 358
Sustainable Development 375
'Sustainable Development': Is It a Useful Concept? 377
On Wilfred Beckerman's Critique of Sustainable Development 395
In Defence of Sustainable Development 402
In Defence of Weak Sustainability: A Response to Beckerman 404
Evaluating a Case Study: Structuring the Essay 410
Internet Resources 418
Further Readings 420
Acknowledgments 425
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