John Dewey and Environmental Philosophy

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Hugh P. McDonald's John Dewey and Environmental Philosophy breaks new ground by applying Dewey's insights to a new approach to philosophy of the environment; the concern for the rights of animals; the preservation of rare species, habitats, and landscapes; and the health of the whole ecology. The book summarizes much of the current literature on environmental ethics, concentrating on the writings of major figures in the movement: Tom Regan, J. Baird Callicott, Holmes Rolston, and Bryan Norton. The heart of the book consists of a detailed analysis of Dewey's ethics, his theory of intrinsic value, and his holistic approach to moral justification. Arguing against the idea that Dewey's philosophy is anthropocentric, McDonald makes a strong case that using Dewey's philosophy will result in a superior framework for environmental ethics.
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Hugh P. McDonald teaches philosophy at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He is the author of Political Philosophy and Ideology: A Critique of Political Essentialism.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Environmental Ethics and Intrinsic Value 1
Prologue to Chapter Two: The Setting of the Problem of Pragmatism and the Environment: The Critique of Pragmatism as an Environmental Ethics in Taylor, Bowers, Katz, and Weston 57
2 Dewey's Naturalism 67
3 Dewey's Instrumentalism 91
4 Dewey's (Moral) Holism 109
5 Dewey's Ethics as a Basis for Environmental Issues 123
Epilogue: Pragmatism and Environmental Ethics 143
Notes 159
Bibliography 207
Index 215
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