Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice / Edition 1

Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice / Edition 1

by Andrew Light
     
 

What role can philosophers play in helping to resolve the moral and political dilemmas faced by environmental activists and policymakers? Moving away from environmental philosophy's usual focus on abstractions such as nonanthropocentrism and the intrinsic value of nature, this book focuses on environmental practice as the starting point for theoretical

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What role can philosophers play in helping to resolve the moral and political dilemmas faced by environmental activists and policymakers? Moving away from environmental philosophy's usual focus on abstractions such as nonanthropocentrism and the intrinsic value of nature, this book focuses on environmental practice as the starting point for theoretical reflection.
Philosophical thinking, it argues, need not be divided into the academic and the practical. Philosophy can take a more publicly engaged approach.The authors combine a deep understanding of the environmental ethics literature with a sympathetic sociological and political examination of environmental activists and their reasoning. The book is divided into three parts: Political Theory and Environmental
Practice, Philosophical Tools for Environmental Practice, and Rethinking Philosophy through Environmental Practice. Case studies are included from Canada, Denmark,
India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Topics range from the specific,
such as fox hunting and leaded gasoline, to the more general, such as biodiversity in India, biomedical ethics, and crop biotechnology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262621649
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/17/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Environmental Ethics - Whose Philosophy? Which Practice?1
IPolitical Theory and Environmental Practice29
1Political Theory and the Environment: Nurturing a Sustainable Relationship31
2Intuition, Reason, and Environmental Argument45
3The Justice of Environmental Justice: Reconciling Equity, Recognition, and Participation in a Political Movement77
IIPhilosophical Tools for Environmental Practice107
4Constitutional Environmental Rights: A Case for Political Analysis109
5Trusteeship: A Practical Option for Realizing Our Obligations to Future Generations?131
6Ecological Utilization Space: Operationalizing Sustainability155
7The Environmental Ethics Case for Crop Biotechnology: Putting Science Back into Environmental Practice187
8Yew Trees, Butterflies, Rotting Boots, and Washing Lines: The Importance of Narrative219
IIIRethinking Philosophy through Environmental Practice237
9The Role of Cases in Moral Reasoning: What Environmental Ethics Can Learn from Biomedical Ethics239
10Grab Bag Ethics and Policymaking for Leaded Gasoline: A Pragmatist's View259
11Animals, Power, and Ethics: The Case of Foxhunting281
12Ethics, Politics, Biodiversity: A View from the South295
Bibliography317
About the Contributors345
Index347

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