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Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A. 1997 Hardcover New 0847684466. FLAWLESS COPY, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED--240 pages; clean and crisp, tight and bright pages, with no writing or markings to ... the text. --TABLE OF CONTENTS: Foreword Introduction * 1 Some Ancient Ecological Myths and Metaphors * 2 Why Greek Philosophers Might Have Been Concerned about the Environment * 3 The Philosophical Genesis of Ecology and Environmentalism * 4 Platonic Ecology, Deep Ecology * 5 Environmental Ethics in Plato's Timaeus * 6 The Ecology of the Critias and Platonic Metaphysics * 7 Aristotelian Roots of Ecology: Causality, Complex Systems Theory, and Integrity * 8 The Greening of Aristotle * 9 Self-Love and the Virtue of Species Preservation in Aristotle * 10 The Organic Unity of Aristotle's World * 11 Fortitude and Tragedy: The Prospects for a Stoic Environmentalism * 12 Plotinus as Environmentalist? * Notes * Index * About the Contributors. --DESCRIPTION: Environmental ethicists have frequently criticized ancient Greek philosophy as anti Read more Show Less

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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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Editorial Reviews

Humanities
Raises many questions which should engage and challenge anyone concerned with the environment.
— M. Eleanor Irwin
Religious Studies Review
...a helpful introductory discussion of Greek philosophy aned environmentalism... the conclusions are both interesting and useful for those who teach environmental ethics courses or any philosophy course that seeks to apply the ancients to contemporary issues. Their assiduous attention produces a remarkably compelling, if complex, argument for the relevance of Greek philosophy to contemporary ethical concerns.
— Robert L. Grant, St. Ambrose University
Environmental Politics
. . . concise and absorbing . . .
— Eric LaFerrière, John Abbott College
Humanities - M. Eleanor Irwin
Raises many questions which should engage and challenge anyone concerned with the environment.
Religious Studies Review - Robert L. Grant
...a helpful introductory discussion of Greek philosophy aned environmentalism... the conclusions are both interesting and useful for those who teach environmental ethics courses or any philosophy course that seeks to apply the ancients to contemporary issues. Their assiduous attention produces a remarkably compelling, if complex, argument for the relevance of Greek philosophy to contemporary ethical concerns.
Environmental Politics - Eric LaFerrière
. . . concise and absorbing . . .
William Stiebing Jr.
[Westra and Robinson] provide a an excellent analysis of the views of nature and ecology in the works of the ancient Greek philosophers, and they succeed in their purpose of showing these writings to modern enviornmentalism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847684465
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.53 (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. 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

Foreword
Introduction 3
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
Notes 185
Index 217
About the Contributors 229
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