The Greeks and the Environment

The Greeks and the Environment

by Laura Westra, Thomas M. Robinson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847684466

ISBN-13: 9780847684465

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847684465
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction3
1Some Ancient Ecological Myths and Metaphors11
2Why Greek Philosophers Might Have Been Concerned about the Environment19
3The Philosophical Genesis of Ecology and Environmentalism33
4Platonic Ecology, Deep Ecology45
5Environmental Ethics in Plato's Timaeus55
6The Ecology of the Critias and Platonic Metaphysics73
7Aristotelian Roots of Ecology: Causality, Complex Systems Theory, and Integrity83
8The Greening of Aristotle99
9Self-Love and the Virtue of Species Preservation in Aristotle121
10The Organic Unity of Aristotle's World133
11Fortitude and Tragedy: The Prospects for a Stoic Environmentalism151
12Plotinus as Environmentalist?167
Notes185
Index217
About the Contributors229

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