Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Philosophy / Edition 1

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The first anthology to highlight the problems of environmental justice and sustainable development, Reflecting on Nature provides a multicultural perspective on questions of environmental concern, featuring contributions from feminist and minority scholars and scholars from developing countries. Selections examine immediate global needs, addressing some of the most crucial problems we now face: biodiversity loss, the meaning and significance of wilderness, population and overconsumption, and the human use of other animals. Spanning centuries of philosophical, naturalist, and environmental reflection, readings include the work of Aristotle, Locke, Darwin, and Thoreau, as well as that of contemporary, mainstream figures like Bernard Williams, Thomas Hill, Jr., and Jonathan Glover. Works by Val Plumwood, Bill Devall, Murray Bookchin, and John Dryzek comprise a radical ecology section. Featuring insightful section introductions by the editors, this comprehensive and timely collection of philosophical and environmental writing will inform, enlighten, and encourage debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195082906
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/31/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

I Images of Nature 1
"The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis" 5
From Genesis 14
from Physics 19
from Politics 19
from The Second Treatise of Government 20
from On the Origin of Species 22
"Anthropocentrism and Predation" 23
from "The Land Ethic" 26
from "Walking" 28
from Principles of Political Economy: With Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy 29
from Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the Twenty-First Century 31
from Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development 35
from "The Golden Rule - A Proper Scale for Our Environmental Crisis" 37
II Ethics and the Environment 41
from What Sort of People Should There Be? 45
from "Must a Concern for the Environment Be Centred on Human Beings?" 46
from Practical Ethics 53
from "On Being Morally Considerable" 55
"Environmental Ethics: Values in and Duties to the Natural World" 65
from Respect for Nature: A Theory of Environmental Ethics 85
"Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving the Natural Environment" 98
III Alternative Perspectives on Environmental Philosophy 111
from "Deep Ecology and Radical Environmentalism" 115
from Defending the Earth 122
from "Environmental Blackmail in Minority Communities" 132
from "Nature, Self, and Gender: Feminism, Environmental Philosophy, and the Critique of Rationalism" 142
"Green Reason: Communicative Ethics for the Biosphere" 159
IV Sustainable Development and International Justice 175
"Declaration of Principles" 179
from Our Common Future 182
from "Environment and Development: The Story of a Dangerous Liaison" 201
The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 207
from Free Market Environmentalism 211
from For Earth's Sake: A Report from the Commission on Developing Countries and Global Change 217
"Environment, Technology, and Ethics" 228
V Contemporary Issues and Controversies 239
"Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique" 241
from "The Wilderness Idea Revisited: The Sustainable Development Alternative" 252
from "The Wilderness Idea Reaffirmed" 265
from "Animals" 281
"Against Zoos" 291
from Animal Rights, Human Rights: Ecology, Economy and Ideology in the Canadian Arctic 299
from The Population Explosion 309
from The Ultimate Resource 321
from "Taking Population Seriously" 328
"Extinction: Life in Peril" 335
from The Sinking Ark 342
from "Philosophical Problems for Environmentalism" 345
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