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Overview

In this important 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 contributors challenge the reader to think carefully about how environmental sustainability, global economic development, and free enterprise might or might not be compatible values for ourselves and future generations. It 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.
CHOICE, January 1999 Vol. 36 No. 5 - M.A. Michael
This collection offers a truly interdisciplinary approach. . .
John McCall
A valuable contribution to the discussion of consumption and its effect on the environment.
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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

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction: Environmental and Economic Sustainability Part 4 Part I. The Problem with Consumption Chapter 5 Consumption: The Economics of Value Added and the Ethics of Value Distributed Chapter 6 The Need to Face Conflicts between Rich and Poor Nations to Solve Global Environmental Problems Chapter 7 "The Tragedy of the Commons" Revisited: A Game Theoretic Analysis of Consumption Chapter 8 Institutionalizing Overconsumption Chapter 9 Marketing, the Ethics of Consumption, and Less-Developed Countries Chapter 10 Reducing the Ecological Footprint of Consumption Chapter 11 Who Should Bear the Burdens of Risk and Proof in Changing Consumption Patterns? Part 12 Part II. Solutions to Problems of Consumption Chapter 13 A Nonanthropocentric Environmental Evaluation of Technology for Public Policy: Why Norton's Approach Is Insufficient for Environmental Policy Chapter 14 Consumption and the Practice of Land Health Chapter 15 Environmental Sustainability: Eat Better and Kill Less Chapter 16 Toward an Ethics of Consumption: Rethinking the Nature of Growth Part 17 Part III. Consumption and Cornucopia Chapter 18 Scarcity or Abundance? Chapter 19 Holes in the Cornucopia Chapter 20 Do We Consume Too Much? Part 21 Part IV. Consumption and Sustainable Business Chapter 22 A Boat for Thoreau: A Discourse on Ecology Chapter 23 Consuming Oneself: The Dynamics of Consumption Chapter 24 Toward a Sustainable Tomorrow Chapter 25 Shades of Green: Business, Ethics, and the Environment Chapter 26 Index

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