Preservation Versus the People: Nature, Humanity, and Political Philosophy

Preservation Versus the People: Nature, Humanity, and Political Philosophy

by Mathew Humphrey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199242674

ISBN-13: 9780199242672

Pub. Date: 10/03/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Why should any society take the decision to devote scarce resources, as a matter of public policy, to preserving natural objects? This is one of the questions considered in the field of environmental ethics, and the thinking that has taken place in this discipline has been dominated by the 'ecocentric-anthropocentric' distinction. Answers focus on either 'intrinsic

Overview

Why should any society take the decision to devote scarce resources, as a matter of public policy, to preserving natural objects? This is one of the questions considered in the field of environmental ethics, and the thinking that has taken place in this discipline has been dominated by the 'ecocentric-anthropocentric' distinction. Answers focus on either 'intrinsic values in nature', or on the human welfare benefits that will accrue from preservationist policies. These two answers are generally taken to be both mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive. Ecocentric writers believe that their preferred environmental ethic transcends anthropocentrism, whilst those who cleave to a more 'ecological humanist' position, view the turn to ecocentrism as at best an unnecessary diversion or at worst as a thinly disguised expression of misanthropy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199242672
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/03/2002
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Foundations of Ecocentrism
2. The Human Need for Nature
3. Dichotomy and Distortion: The Mutual Misunderstandings of Social Ecology and Ecocentrism
4. New Marx for Old? Marxism, Humanity, and Ecology
5. Conclusion

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