In Nature's Interests?: Interests, Animal Rights, and Environmental Ethics [NOOK Book]

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This book is a carefully argued response to what author Gary Varner characterizes as "two dogmas of environmentalism": the assumptions that animal rights philosophies and anthropocentric views are each antithetical to sound environmental policy. He argues that every living organism has interests which ought, other things being equal, to be protected, but that some interests take priority over others. Varner surveys problems facing attempts to develop a holistic environmental ethic, provides a careful analysis of ...
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In Nature's Interests?: Interests, Animal Rights, and Environmental Ethics

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Overview

This book is a carefully argued response to what author Gary Varner characterizes as "two dogmas of environmentalism": the assumptions that animal rights philosophies and anthropocentric views are each antithetical to sound environmental policy. He argues that every living organism has interests which ought, other things being equal, to be protected, but that some interests take priority over others. Varner surveys problems facing attempts to develop a holistic environmental ethic, provides a careful analysis of the notion of desire and its scope in the animal kingdom, and improves upon available arguments for the claim that nonconscious organisms possess morally significant interests.
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Texas A & M University
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Interests, Holism, and Environmental Ethics 3
1 A Critique of Environmental Holism 10
2 Localizing Desire 26
3 Biological Interests: Questioning the Mental State Theory of Welfare 55
4 The Principle of Inclusiveness: Establishing Priorities among Interests 77
5 Can Animal Rights Activists Be Environmentalists? 98
6 Justifying the Environmentalist Agenda 121
Conclusion: Two Dogmas of Environmental Ethics 142
References 145
Index 151
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