Stressing the importance of understanding the grounds and the consequences of ethical or normative decision making, this collection of classic essays compiled by Pierce and VanDeVeer, examines disputes surrounding animals, ecosystems, the land, and their own proper place in the ongoing network of lives on this planet. A central question is "how can we live lives that are both personally satisfying but which are also ecologically sound and responsible?"
A readable, scientifically literate text which focuses on the evaluative assumptions behind environmental thought and policy, and guides the reader through complex ethical and philosophical discussions of such topics as anthropomorphism, extinction, animal rights/liberation, ethics of land use, environmental racism, ecofeminism, economics of environmentalism and ecological sustainability. Contains essays by Edward O. Wilson, Marge Piercy, Jeremy Rifkin and many others. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
1. What We Are Doing. Preview. Tropical Forests and Their Species: Going, Going...? by Norman Myers. Is Humanity Suicidal? by Edward O. Wilson. Environmental Racism by Karl Grossman. 2. The Other Animals. Preview. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer. Created From Animals by James Rachels. The Case for Animal Rights by Tom Regan. Animal Liberation or Animal Rights? by Peter Singer. Mixed Communities by Mary Midgley. Sidelight: Do What's Natural You Say? 3. Constructing an Environmental Ethic. A.The Expanding Circle. Preview. Should Trees Have Standing? by Christopher Stone. Respect for Nature by Paul Taylor. The Little Things That Run the World by Edward O. Wilson. Kneeling at the Pipes by Marge Piercy. The Land Ethic by Aldo Leopold. The Conceptual Foundations of the Land Ethic by J.Baird Callicott. B. Competing Visions. Preview. Zuckerman's Dilemma by Mark Sagoff. Environmental Ethics and Weak Anthropocentrism by Bryan Norton. Self-Realization: An Ecological Approach to Being in the World by Arne Naess. Nature, Self, and Nature by Val Plumwood. The Power and the Promise of Ecological Feminism by Karen Warren. C. Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics. Preview. Animal Liberation: A Triangular Affair by J. Baird Callicott. Can Animal Rights Activists Be Environmentalists? by Gary Varner. Second Thoughts on Triangular Affair by J. Baird Callicott. D. The Value of Individuals, Species, and Ecosystems. Preview. The Ecology of Order and Chaos by Donald Worster. Biological Functions and Biological Interests by Gary Varner. Against the Moral Considerability of Ecosystems by Harley Cahen. Duties to Endangered Species by Homes Rolston III.E. Land and Lanscape. Preview. The Tragedy of the Commons by Garrett Hardin. Land-Use Attitudes by Eugene Hargrove. How Much of the Earth is Sacred? by J. Donald Hughes and Jim Swan. Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation by Ramachandra Guha. 4. Economics, Ethics and Ecology. A. Environmental Policy Based on Willingness to Pay. Preview. People or Penguins by William Baxter. In Defense of Environmental Economics by Stephen Edwards. Some Problems With Environmental Economics by Mark Sagoff. B. Ecological Sustainability. Preview. Towad a Sustainable World by William D. Ruckelshaus. Two Kinds of Poverty by Vandana Shiva. 5. Personal Choices and the Ecologically Good Life. Preview. The Cattle Culture by Jeremy Rifkin. Ecology in Our Backyards by Sara Stein. Enabling Environmental Practice by Anthony Weston.