Ethics and Environmental Policy: Theory Meets Practice / Edition 1

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In this collection of essays, leading environmentalists and philosophers explore the relationship between environmental ethics and policy, both in theory and practice. The first section of the book focuses on four approaches to change in ethical theory: ecological science, feminist metaphysics, Chinese philosophy, and holistic postmodern technology. In subsequent sections the contributors emphasize the need for nontraditional solutions and attempt to expand awareness of the most pressing practical problems. Among the topics discussed are the possibilities of real international cooperation, the inequitable but economically intractable issue of global gasses, the political and ethical challenges of city planning, and the growing evidence of fundamental inappropriateness in treating land as legal private property.

This volume is based on essays presented in 1992 at the Second International Conference on Ethics and Environmental Policy. The conference was held in response to the increasing need for a new ethics that would counter the traditional human-centered, dominantly individualistic approach of the industrial world toward the environment.

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Papers revised from their presentation at the Second International Conference on Ethics and Environmental Policy, held at the U. of Georgia (Athens) in April 1992. Following the introduction by Victoria Davion, 13 papers are arranged in three sections: resources for a practical environmental ethics; practical pressures on environmental ethics; and what should environmental philosophers do? This last section contains five essays all written by professional philosophers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820316574
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Ferré is Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia. His many books include Philosophy of Technology (Georgia). Peter Hartel is an associate professor of crop and soil sciences at the University of Georgia. He is the editor of Agricultural Ethics: Issues for the 21st Century.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Where Are We Headed? 1
Grounding Environmental Ethics in Ecological Science 9
Come Inside the Circle of Creation: The Ethic of Attunement 21
Evolution of Environmental Ethics: A Chinese Perspective 42
The Role of Technology in the Evolving Concept of Nature 58
Efficiency and Equity in International Environmental Cooperation 87
Toward a "Houston Protocol": How to Allocate CO[subscript 2] Emission Reductions Between North and South 106
The Political Consequences of an Environmental Question 125
Environmental Law and the Eclipse of Land as Private Property 142
Red War, Green Peace 163
An Apologia for Activism: Global Responsibility, Ethical Advocacy, and Environmental Problems 178
Can Environmental Ethics Save the World? 195
Winning and Losing in Environmental Ethics 217
Where Do We Go from Here? 235
Epilogue: Reflecting on the Reflections 253
Works Cited 255
Contributors 271
Index 275
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