The Business of Consumption: Environmental Ethics and the Global Economy / Edition 4

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In this book, a host of noted environmentalists and business ethicists examine ethical issues in consumption from the points of view of environmental sustainability, economic development, and free enterprise. These issues are at the forefront of international concerns about global legislation and regulation. The Business of Consumption is an essential book for students and scholars of business ethics, environmental ethics, public policy, and economic development.
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Editorial Reviews

John McCall
A valuable contribution to the discussion of consumption and its effect on the environment.
John McCall
A valuable contribution to the discussion of consumption and its effect on the environment.
CHOICE, January 1999 Vol. 36 No. 5 - M.A. Michael
This collection offers a truly interdisciplinary approach. . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847686698
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Westra is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of Windsor and the author or editor of numerous books, including An Environmental Proposal for Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994), Faces of Environmental Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), Perspectives on Ecological Integrity (Kluwer), The Greeks and the Environment (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997) and Technology and Values (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998). Bill Lawson is professor of philosophy at Michigan State University. Patricia H. Werhane is Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia. She is the coeditor of Ethical Issues in Business (Prentice-Hall), Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics (Blackwell), and Philosophical Issues in Human Rights (Random House), and the author of Persons, Rights, and Corporations (Prentice-Hall) and Adam Smith and his Legacy for Modern Capitalism (Oxford).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Environmental and Economic Sustainability 1
1 Consumption: The Economics of Value Added and the Ethics of Value Distributed 17
2 The Need to Face Conflicts between Rich and Poor Nations to Solve Global Environmental Problems 31
3 "The Tragedy of the Commons" Revisited: A Game Theoretic Analysis of Consumption 47
4 Institutionalizing Overconsumption 67
5 Marketing, the Ethics of Consumption, and Less-Developed Countries 91
6 Reducing the Ecological Footprint of Consumption 113
7 Who Should Bear the Burdens of Risk and Proof in Changing Consumption Patterns? 131
8 A Nonanthropocentric Environmental Evaluation of Technology for Public Policy: Why Norton's Approach Is Insufficient for Environmental Policy 153
9 Consumption and the Practice of Land Health 181
10 Environmental Sustainability: Eat Better and Kill Less 203
11 Toward an Ethics of Consumption: Rethinking the Nature of Growth 221
12 Scarcity or Abundance? 237
13 Holes in the Cornucopia 247
14 Do We Consume Too Much? 271
15 A Boat for Thoreau: A Discourse on Ecology, Ethics, and the Making of Things 297
16 Consuming Oneself: The Dynamics of Consumption 319
17 Toward a Sustainable Tomorrow 333
18 Shades of Green: Business, Ethics, and the Environment 339
Index 355
About the Contributors 373
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