Environmental Pragmatism / Edition 1

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Environmental pragmatism is a new strategy in environmental thought. It argues that theoretical debates are hindering the ability of the environmental movement to forge agreement on basic policy imperatives. This new direction in environmental thought moves beyond theory, advocating a serious inquiry into the merits of moral pluralism. Environmental pragmatism, as a coherent philosophical position, connects the methodology of classical American pragmatic thought to the explanation, solution and discussion of real issues.
This concise, well-focused collection is the first comprehensive presentation of environmental pragmatism as a new philosophical approach to environmental thought and policy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415122375
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/7/1996
  • Series: Environmental Philosophies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Environmental Pragmatism and Environmental Ethics as Contested Terrain 1
1 Pragmatism and Environmental Thought 21
2 How Pragmatism is an Environmental Ethic 38
3 Nature as Culture: John Dewey's Pragmatic Naturalism 50
4 The Environmental Value in G. H. Mead's Cosmology 73
5 The Constancy of Leopold's Land Ethic 84
6 Integration or Reduction: Two Approaches to Environmental Values 105
7 Before Environmental Ethics 139
8 Compatibilism in Political Ecology 161
9 Pragmatism and Policy: The Case of Water 187
10 Towards a Pragmatic Approach to Definition: "Wetlands" and the Politics of Meaning 209
11 A Pluralistic, Pragmatic and Evolutionary Approach to Natural Resource Management 231
12 Laws of Nature Vs. Laws of Respect: Non-Violence in Practice in Norway 251
13 Teaching Environmental Ethics as a Method of Conflict Management 266
14 Beyond Intrinsic Value: Pragmatism in Environmental Ethics 285
15 Searching for Intrinsic Value: Pragmatism and Despair in Environmental Ethics 307
16 Unfair to Swamps: A Reply to Katz Unfair to Foundations?: A Reply to Weston 319
17 Environmental Pragmatism as Philosophy or Metaphilosophy? On the Weston-Katz Debate 325
Index 339
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