The Greeks and the Environmentby Laura Westra, Thomas M. Robinson
Pub. Date: 04/28/1997
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Environmental ethicists have frequently criticized ancient Greek philosophy as anti-environmental for a view of philosophy that is counterproductive to environmental ethics and a view of the world that puts nature at the disposal of people. This provocative collection of original essays reexamines the views of nature and ecology found in the thought of Plato,… See more details below
Environmental ethicists have frequently criticized ancient Greek philosophy as anti-environmental for a view of philosophy that is counterproductive to environmental ethics and a view of the world that puts nature at the disposal of people. This provocative collection of original essays reexamines the views of nature and ecology found in the thought of Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and Plotinus. Recognizing that these thinkers were not confronted with the environmental degradation that threatens contemporary philosophers, the contributors to this book find that the Greeks nevertheless provide an excellent foundation for a sound theory of environmentalism.
Author Biography: Laura Westra is professor at the University of Windsor and coeditor of The Business of Consumption: Environmental and Business Ethics Perspectives" (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), "Technology and Values" (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), and "Faces of Environmental Racism" (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995). She is the author of "An Environmental Proposal for Ethics" (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994) and "Living In Integrity: A Global Ethic to Restore a Fragmented Earth (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998). Thomas M. Robinson is professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto and the author of "Plato's Psychology" and "The Greek Legacy".
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Table of Contents
|1||Some Ancient Ecological Myths and Metaphors||11|
|2||Why Greek Philosophers Might Have Been Concerned about the Environment||19|
|3||The Philosophical Genesis of Ecology and Environmentalism||33|
|4||Platonic Ecology, Deep Ecology||45|
|5||Environmental Ethics in Plato's Timaeus||55|
|6||The Ecology of the Critias and Platonic Metaphysics||73|
|7||Aristotelian Roots of Ecology: Causality, Complex Systems Theory, and Integrity||83|
|8||The Greening of Aristotle||99|
|9||Self-Love and the Virtue of Species Preservation in Aristotle||121|
|10||The Organic Unity of Aristotle's World||133|
|11||Fortitude and Tragedy: The Prospects for a Stoic Environmentalism||151|
|12||Plotinus as Environmentalist?||167|
|About the Contributors||229|
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