Respect for Nature: A Theory of Environmental Ethics (25th Anniversary Edition) / Edition 25

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"When it first appeared, Respect for Nature was at once recognized for the important, groundbreaking work it was. It was deservedly a major influence in the then newly developing field of environmental ethics. Time has only confirmed this first opinion and it is good to have the book back before us."—Michael Ruse, editor of Philosophy after Darwin

"Paul Taylor notes that just as we would not ask 'What is a human being good for?,' so also should we not ask 'What is nature good for?' This is surely right. His Respect for Nature is a systematic working out of the consequences of this observation. It is even more relevant today than when it first appeared twenty-five years ago."—Stephen Darwall, Yale University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691150246
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2011
  • Series: Studies in Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,023,505
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul W. Taylor is professor emeritus of philosophy at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the 25th Anniversary Edition ix

Acknowledgments Xiii

1 Environmental Ethics and Human Ethics 3

1 Introduction 3

2 Moral Agents and Moral Subjects 14

3 Formal Conditions for Valid Moral Principles 25

4 Material Conditions for Valid Moral Principles: The Content of Human Ethics 33

5 The Structural Symmetry between Human Ethics and Environmental Ethics 41

6 Biology and Ethics 47

7 A Note on the Ethics of the Bioculture 53

2 The Attitude of Respect for Nature 59

1 Introduction 59

2 The Concept of the Good of a Being 60

3 The Concept of Inherent Worth 71

4 Having and Expressing the Attitude of Respect for Nature 80

5 Respect for Nature as an Ultimate Attitude 90

3 The Biocentric Outlook on Nature 99

1 The Biocentric Outlook and the Attitude of Respect for Nature 99

2 Humans as Members of the Earth's Community of Life 101

3 The Natural World as a System of Interdependence 116

4 Individual Organisms as Teleological Centers of Life 119

5 The Denial of Human Superiority 129

6 The Argument for the Biocentric Outlook 156

4 The Ethical System 169

1 The Basic Rules of Conduct 169

2 Priority Principles 192

3 The Basic Standards of Virtue 198

5 Do Animals and Plants Have Rights? 219

1 Legal Rights and Moral Rights 219

2 Analysis of the Assertion of Moral Rights 226

3 The Defeasibility of Rights 241

4 Is If Logically Conceivable for Animals and/or Plants to Have Moral Rights? 245

5 A Modified Concept of Moral Rights 251

6 Competing Claims and Priority Principles 256

1 The General Problem of Competing Claims 256

2 Human Rights and the Inherent Worth of Nonhumans 260

3 Five Priority Principles for the Fair Resolution of Conflicting Claims 263

a The Principle of Self-Defense 264

b The Principle of Proportionality 269

c The Principle of Minimum Wrong 280

d The Principle of Distributive Justice 291

e The Principle of Restitutive Justice 304

4 The Ethical Ideal of Harmony between Human Civilization and Nature 307

5 The Normative Function of the Ethical Ideal 310

Bibliography 315

Index 325

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