The Environmental Ethics and Policy Book: Philosophy, Ecology, Economics / Edition 1

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Consisting of an assortment of landmark essays and the best in contemporary scholarship, this anthology delves deeply into the most pressing environmental issues of our times. Articles included in this anthology are distinguished for their relevance to real-life policy making and for their ability to promote rich and lively discussion about controversial matters. In addition, the editors' careful organization of the topics and illuminating section previews keep students focused on the most essential points of current environmental debates.

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Editorial Reviews

A reader for a university course. The selections are designed to highlight relevant moral or normative presuppositions that underlie environmental policy recommendations, whether made by biologists, ecologists, economists, philosophers, bartenders, or public officials. The third edition gives high priority to pedagogical usefulness; no dates are mentioned for the first two. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534210304
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 649
  • Product dimensions: 7.57 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald VanDeVeer, Ph.D., University of Chicago, is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at North Carolina State University. In addition to books on environmental ethics, he has also published works on health care ethics, public policy, and paternalistic intervention.

Christine Pierce, Ph.D., Syracuse University, is an ethicist and feminist theorist. Her work includes projects on environmental ethics, gender, individualism, communitarianism, and feminist ethics. Other scholarship includes an ongoing defense of rational ethical principles in light of postmodernism and other skepticisms.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Prologue: World Scientists' Warning to Humanity
I An Introduction to Ethical Theory 1
1.1 Distinguishing Moral and Empirical Claims 1
1.2 Justification, Explanation, Prediction, and Description 5
1.3 Moral Argument: The Interplay of Moral and Empirical Claims 7
1.4 Harm and Benefit 11
1.5 Evaluating Ethical Theories 14
2.1 From Ethical Egoism to Social Darwinism 16
2.2 The Divine Command Theory 18
2.3 Rights Theories 20
2.4 Utilitarianism 24
2.5 Utilitarianism and Economic Theory 27
2.6 Natural Law Theory 30
2.7 The Influence of Kant 33
2.8 Environmental Justice 34
2.9 The Idea of a Unique Environmental Ethic 37
II Western Religious and Cultural Perspectives 43
3 Preview 43
4 The Historic Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis 52
5 For God So Loved the World 58
6 Judaism and the Environment 62
7 Stewardship versus Exploitation 66
8 The World as God's Body 71
9 Of God and Pelicans 89
10 Everyone Needs a Stone: Alternative Views of Nature 99
11 Traditional Ecological Knowledge 109
12 Why Bad Things Have Happened to Good Creatures 111
III The Other Animals 114
13 Preview 114
14 Good Natured - The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals 122
15 Animal Liberation 135
16 The Case for Animal Rights 143
17 Interspecific Justice 150
18 The Prospects for Consensus and Convergence in the Animal Rights Debate 163
19 The Little Things That Run the World 169
20 Sidelight: Parachuting Cats and Interconnectedness 172
IV Constructing and Environmental Ethic 174
21 Preview 174
22 On Being Morally Considerable 183
23 Should Trees Have Standing? - Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects 189
24 The Ethics of Respect for Nature 201
25 The Land Ethic 215
26 The Conceptual Foundations of the Land Ethic 224
27 Marine Environmental Ethics 238
28 Integration or Reduction: Two Approaches to Environmental Values 240
29 Preview 259
30 Deep Ecology 263
31 Self-Realization: An Ecological Approach to Being in the World 268
32 Will Ecology Become "The Dismal Science?" 273
33 Sidelight: Do What's Natural, You Say? 277
34 Preview 279
35 The Power and Promise of Ecological Feminism 282
36 Development, Ecology, and Women 296
37 How Feminist Is Ecofeminism? 303
V Economics, Ethics, and Ecology 311
38 Preview 311
39 The Ethical Basis of the Economic View of the Environment 318
40 At the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, or Why Political Questions Are Not All Economic 327
41 Preview 336
42 Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique 341
43 Cost-Benefit Analysis Defended 347
44 Sidelight: Cost-Benefit Analysis: Tool for All Seasons? 350
45 Earth in the Balance Sheet 352
46 Preview 359
47 The Tragedy of the Commons 364
48 The Tragedy of Enclosure 373
49 The Creation of Property 374
50 Property Rights in Natural Resources 377
51 Takings, Just Compensation, and the Environment 378
52 Preview 389
53 An Essay on the Principle of Population 397
54 Sidelight: If Earth Could Speak 401
55 Lifeboat Ethics 402
56 Can the Supply of Natural Resources Really Be Infinite? Yes! 408
57 Population, Poverty and the Local Environment 414
58 Preview 419
59 Future Generations 428
60 Sidelight: The Nuclear Train to the Future, Richard (Routley) Sylvan and Val (Routley) Plumwood 436
61 Sustainability: An Economist's Perspective 438
62 Sustainability 443
VI Environmental Problems and Policies 451
63 Preview 451
64 The Diversity of Life 459
65 What Is a Species? 465
66 Why Do Species Matter? 469
67 Why Species Matter 476
68 Preview 484
69 A Plant's-Eye View of the World 491
70 Patenting Life 496
71 Brute-Force Genetic Engineering 498
72 Genes in the Food! 502
73 Nature as the Measure for a Sustainable Agriculture 508
74 What's in the Meat 516
75 Preview 519
76 Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique 521
77 Tropical Forests and Their Species: Going, Going ...? 529
78 The Mismanagement of the National Forests 534
79 Forest Service Policy 543
80 Preview 546
81 Environment Racism 550
82 Consumption and the Environment 555
83 Consumption as a Theme in the North-South Dialogue 556
84 The Chainsaws of Greed: The Case of Pacific Lumber 559
85 Why Shouldn't Corporations Be Socially Responsible? 571
86 "I Am No Greenpeacer, But ..." or Environmentalism, Risk Communication, and the Lower Middle Class 575
87 Preview 587
88 Silent Spring 595
89 The Case That the World Has Reached Limits 598
90 The Climate-Change Debacle: The Perils of Politicizing Science 607
91 A Response 615
92 Climate Change Science 620
93 Sidelight: Let's Transform the Military 622
VII Varieties of Activism 625
94 Preview 625
95 Strategic Monkeywrenching 628
96 The Sea Shepherds: Bringing Justice to the High Seas 632
97 An Apologia for Activism: Global Responsibility, Ethical Advocacy, and Environmental Problems 634
98 Involuntary Simplicity: Changing Dysfunctional Habits of Consumption 643
99 Sidelight: A Resistance Movement of One's Own 648
VIII Learning and Research Tools 650
100 Glossary 650
101 Time Chart 656
102 Internet and Other Environmental Resources 657
103 Bibliography 659
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