In Nature's Interests?: Interests, Animal Rights, and Environmental Ethics / Edition 1

In Nature's Interests?: Interests, Animal Rights, and Environmental Ethics / Edition 1

by Gary E. Varner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195108655

ISBN-13: 9780195108651

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book offers a powerful response to what Varner calls the "two dogmas of environmental ethics"—the assumptions that animal rights philosophies and anthropocentric views are each antithetical to sound environmental policy. Allowing that every living organism has interests which ought, other things being equal, to be protected, Varner contends that

Overview

This book offers a powerful response to what Varner calls the "two dogmas of environmental ethics"—the assumptions that animal rights philosophies and anthropocentric views are each antithetical to sound environmental policy. Allowing that every living organism has interests which ought, other things being equal, to be protected, Varner contends that some interests take priority over others. He defends both a sentientist principle giving priority to the lives of organisms with conscious desires and an anthropocentric principle giving priority to certain very inclusive interests which only humans have. He then shows that these principles not only comport with but provide significant support for environmental goals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195108651
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Environmental Ethics and Science Policy Series
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Interests, Holism, and Environmental Ethics 3(7)
ONE A Critique of Environmental Holism
10(16)
TWO Localizing Desire
26(29)
THREE Biological Interests Questioning the Mental State Theory of Welfare
55(22)
FOUR The Principle of Inclusiveness Establishing Priorities among Interests
77(21)
FIVE Can Animal Rights Activists Be Environmentalists?
98(23)
SIX Justifying the Environmentalist Agenda
121(21)
CONCLUSION Two Dogmas of Environmental Ethics 142(3)
References 145(6)
Index 151

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