Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals

Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals

by Peter G. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597265640

ISBN-13: 9781597265645

Pub. Date: 02/08/2010

Publisher: Island Press


Having manipulated water for irrigation, energy, and burgeoning urban centers, humans are facing the reality that although fresh water is renewable, it is as finite as any other resource. Countries, states, and cities are now scrambling to develop an intelligent, well-informed approach to mitigate the growing global water crisis. Water Ethics is based on…  See more details below

Overview


Having manipulated water for irrigation, energy, and burgeoning urban centers, humans are facing the reality that although fresh water is renewable, it is as finite as any other resource. Countries, states, and cities are now scrambling to develop an intelligent, well-informed approach to mitigate the growing global water crisis. Water Ethics is based on the belief that responding to contemporary water problems requires attending to questions of value and culture. How should we capture, store, and distribute water? At what cost? For whom? How do we reconcile water’s dual roles as a practical resource and spiritual symbol?  
According to the editors of this collection of foundational essays, questions surrounding water are inherently ethical. Peter Brown and Jeremy Schmidt contend that all approaches to managing water, no matter how grounded in empirical data, involve value judgments and cultural assumptions. Each of the six sections of the book discuses a different approach to thinking about the relationship between water and humanity, from utilitarianism to eco-feminism to religious beliefs, including Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. Contributors range from Bartholemew, Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church to Nobel Laureate economist Elinor Ostrom and water policy expert Sandra Postel. Each section is framed by an original introductory essay written by the editors. 
Water Ethics will help readers understand how various moral perspectives, even when unstated, have guided and will continue to guide water policy around the globe.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597265645
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
02/08/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


PART I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Water Ethics and Water Management
 
PART II. Dominion and the Human Claim to Water
Chapter 2. Editors’ Introduction
Chapter 3. Byzantine Heritage
Chapter 4. Water Ethics Perspectives in the Arab Region 
Chapter 5. Which Rights Are Right? Water Rights, Culture, and Underlying Values
Chapter 6. Women, Water, Energy: An Ecofeminist Approach
 
PART III. Utilitarianism
Chapter 7. Editors’ Introduction
Chapter 8. Water as a Resource
Chapter 9. Priming the Invisible Pump
Chapter 10. Surface Water and Groundwater Regulation and Use: An Ethical Perspective
Chapter 11. Community Rights and the Privatization of Water
Chapter 12. A Basis for Environmental Ethics
 
PART IV. Water as a Community Resource
Chapter 13. Editors’ Introduction
Chapter 14. Water Rights in the Commons
Chapter 15. Encounters with the Moral Economy of Water: General Principles for Successfully Managing the Commons
Chapter 16. The Legal Status of Water in Quebec
Chapter 17. The Rebirth of Environmentalism as Pragmatic, Adaptive Management
 
PART V. Water: Life’s Common Wealth
Chapter 18. Editors’ Introduction
Chapter 19. Are There Any Natural Resources?
Chapter 20. The Missing Piece: A Water Ethic
Chapter 21. Fish First! The Changing Ethics of Ecosystem Management
 
PART VI. Ethics in Complex Systems
Chapter 22. Editors’ Introduction
Chapter 23. Ecohydrosolidarity: A New Ethics for Stewardship of Value-Adding Rainfall
Chapter 24. An Ethic of Compassionate Retreat

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Advisory Board
Index

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >