Understanding Environmental Philosophy

Understanding Environmental Philosophy

by Andrew Brennan, Y.S. Lo


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Understanding Environmental Philosophy by Andrew Brennan, Y.S. Lo

Environmental philosophy is one of the exciting new fields of philosophy to emerge in the last forty years. "Understanding Environmental Philosophy" presents a comprehensive, critical analysis of contemporary philosophical approaches to current ecological concerns. Key ideas are explained, placed in their broader cultural, religious, historical, political and philosophical context, and their environmental policy implications are outlined. Central ideas and concepts about environmental value, individual wellbeing, ecological holism and the metaphysics of nature set the stage for a discussion of how to establish moral rules and priorities, and whether it is possible to transcend human-centred views of the world. The reader is also helped with an annotated guide to further reading, questions for discussion and revision as well as boxed studies highlighting key concepts and theoretical material. A clear and accessible introduction to this most dynamic of subjects, "Understanding Environmental Philosophy" will be invaluable for a wide range of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844652013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Understanding Movements in Modern Thought Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Andrew Brennan is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at La Trobe University and has written extensively on comparative philosophy, logic, environmental philosophy, and animal ethics. Y. S. Lo is Lecturer in Philosophy at La Trobe University and has published on environmental philosophy and metaethics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

1 Introduction: the place of environmental philosophy and its basic concepts 1

2 Future generations: what consideration do we owe them? 18

3 Animals: are they as morally valuable as human beings? 38

4 Living things: ethics for the non-human world 67

5 Community: how big is our moral world? 87

6 Natural things: the puzzle of what "natural" means, and whether humans belong to nature 113

7 Foundations: can there be a secular basis for the ideas of human dignity and intrinsic value in nature? 138

8 Origins: political, religious and cultural diagnoses of environmental problems 163

9 Beyond individual responsibility: governance and the affluenzic society 181

Questions for discussion and revision 208

Further reading 213

Bibliography 220

Index 228

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"An excellent and accessible introduction to the field of environmental ethics that demonstrates its importance for environmental policy, written by two leading figures in the field.”
– Eric Katz, New Jersey Institute of Technology

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