Gaia Connections: An Introduction to Ecology, Ecoethics, and Economics

Gaia Connections: An Introduction to Ecology, Ecoethics, and Economics

by Alan S. Miller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0847676552

ISBN-13: 9780847676552

Pub. Date: 12/28/1990

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Miller's writing style makes the book easy to pick up and difficult to put down. Written at a level appropriate for advanced undergraduates, it is an important and valuable acquisition for academic libraries. —Choice

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Miller's writing style makes the book easy to pick up and difficult to put down. Written at a level appropriate for advanced undergraduates, it is an important and valuable acquisition for academic libraries. —Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847676552
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1990
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figurexi
Preface to the Second Editionxiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction1
1Environmental Ethics7
A Context for Study and Action
The Global Background
International Efforts to Heal the Planet
Ecoethics
Case Studies in Ecoethics
2Ecophilosophy24
Shallow, Deep, and Deepest Ecology
Ecofeminism: Women, Men, and Nature
Alternative Approaches to Environmental Ethics
3Theories of Justice35
General Principles in Ethics
Theories of Justice in the Past
Modern Theories of Justice
Actors in the Modern Ethical Debate
4World Order Imperatives53
Global Poverty and Structural Adjustment
International Debt and Underdevelopment
The Poverty-Ecology Connection
Rights and Just Expectations
The Nature of Security in the Modern World
The Peace Equation: Economic Conversion Equals Job Insurance
New Politics and Paradigms for the Solar Age
5The Moral Demand for the Biological Steady State73
The Pros and Cons of the Sustainability Debate
The Two Faces of Scarcity
Biological Ethics and Thermodynamics
6Economics As if Nature Mattered88
Overlapping Environmental Disruptions
Contending Economic Approaches
Dilemmas of Political Economy
New Economic Orders
7Bioethical Limits to Scientific Inquiry103
The Militarization of Science
The Limits of Science
Science, Systems, and Nature
8Genetic Engineering118
The History and the Science of Recombinant DNA
Controlling Recombinant Research in the Laboratory
From the Laboratory to the Fields
Molecules and the Military
Patents Pending
Science for People or Science for Profit
9Unnatural Connections: Dilemmas of Biotechnology141
The Human Genome Project
Down on the Farm with the Genetic Engineers
The Confusion over Corn
Policy and Regulation
Two Centuries in Reproductive System Research
10Genetic Counseling160
Genetic Screening: The Identification of Genetic Disease
Molecular Genetics and Medicine
The Gene Hunt
Prenatal Screening Programs
Abortion Dilemmas in Genetic Diagnosis
Fertilization in Vitro
The Nature of Abnormality
11Bioethics I: The Rights of People180
Health Care and Medical Allocations
The U.S. Health Care System
Distributive Justice
Who Gets What?
12Bioethics II: Staying in Control193
Informed Consent throughout History
The Rights of Patients
The Right to Live or Die
13The Selfish Gene Reconsidered208
Sociobiology
Alternative Evolutionary Theories
Evolution and Ethics
Toward an Evolutionary Ethic
14The Social Sources of Environmental Values224
Person/Society Influences
Student Reflections on Values
15Ecoethics and Modern War235
Just War Theory Revisited
Selective Opposition to War
The Dilemma of Nuclear War
Just War Options Today
16All God's Creatures251
Moral Rights for Animals? Animal Experimentation
Animals for Food
All Flesh Is Grass
17Perspectives on Environmental Change264
The Environmental Movement
Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Era Environmentalism
The Ideological Rifts
The Global Movement of the Greens
The Labor-Health-Environmental Connection
A Concluding Unscientific Postscript
"The Influence Coming into Play: The Seven of Pentacles"283
Supplementary Reading List285
Index295
About the Author307

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