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Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works

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Featuring sixty-two accessible selections--from classic articles to examples of cutting-edge original research--Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works addresses both of the principal areas of inquiry in the field: the exploration of morality from an environmental perspective and the analysis of the current state of our environment. Aiming to determine what issues really matter, the first section of the book responds to such questions as: What is value? What types of things have value? Is the value of a human being fundamentally different from the kind of value we find elsewhere in nature? What role do consumer goods and services play in a good life? and Is there room for environmental consciousness in a good life? The second section turns to the question of what it would take to solve our environmental problems. It strives to go beyond the "hype" to present informed perspectives on the true nature of those problems and investigates important questions like: What is causing or exacerbating these problems? and What solutions have been tried? The selections present philosophical, biological, and social scientific approaches to the major issues. Environmental Ethics features first-hand descriptions from people who have actually been involved in such projects as wildlife management in Africa, ecofeminist initiatives in India, and radical activism on the high seas. It also provides up-to-date data on population issues and community-based wildlife initiatives. Ideal for undergraduate courses in environmental ethics, environmental issues, and applied ethics, this unique text will also be a helpful resource for graduate students and professors, as it retains most of the footnotes from the original articles.

Synopsis:

Environmental Ethics features first-hand descriptions from people who have actually been involved in such projects as wildlife management in Africa, ecofeminist initiatives in India, and radical activism on the high seas. It also provides up-to-date data on population issues and community-based wildlife initiatives. Ideal for undergraduate courses in environmental ethics, environmental issues, and applied ethics, this unique text will also be a helpful resource for graduate students and professors, as it retains most of the footnotes from the original articles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Why Environmental Ethics?, Elizabeth Willott and David Schmidtz

I. WHAT REALLY MATTERS? ESSAYS ON VALUE IN NATURE

1. The Dawn of Reverence

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: A Fierce Green Fire

A Moment on the Earth, Gregg Easterbrook

Thinking Like a Mountain, Aldo Leopold

The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis, Lynn White, Jr.

2. Animal Liberation and the Land Ethic

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Practical Ethics

All Animals Are Equal, Peter Singer

The Land Ethic, Aldo Leopold

Values in and Duties to the Natural World, Holmes Rolston III

Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics: Bad Marriage, Quick Divorce, Mark Sagoff

3. Extending the Realm of Rights

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Natural Rights

Should Trees Have Standing? Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects, Christopher D. Stone

The Rights of Animals, Joel Feinberg

The Good of Trees, Robin Attfield

Duties Concerning Islands, Mary Midgley

4. Species Equality and Respect for Nature

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Where Do We Draw the Line?

The Ethics of Respect for Nature, Paul W. Taylor

Are All Species Equal?, David Schmidtz

5. Environmental Holism

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Keeping Our Hands Clean

How to Worry About Endangered Species, Tom Regan

Biocentric Individualism, Gary Varner

Deep Ecology, Bill Devall and George Sessions

Social Ecology Versus Deep Ecology, Murray Bookchin

Why Do Species Matter?, Lilly-Marlene Russow

Philosophical Problems for Environmentalism, Elliott Sober

6. How Wild Does Nature Have to Be?

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: An Allegory

What's Wrong with Plastic Trees?, Martin H. Krieger

The Call of the Wild, Eric Katz

Ecological Restoration and the Culture of Nature, Andrew Light

7. Rethinking the Good Life

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Voluntary Simplicity

Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments, Thomas E. Hill, Jr.

Redefining the Good Life in a Sustainable Society, Lester W. Milbrath

Do We Consume Too Much?, Mark Sagoff

Letting the World Grow Old: An Ethos of Countermodernity, Freya Mathews

8. Ecofeminism in Theory and Practice

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Dichotomies

Feminism and Ecofeminism, Kristen Hessler and Elizabeth Willott

The Power and the Promise of Ecological Feminism, Karen J. Warren

Women, Poverty, and Population: Issues for the Concerned Environmentalist, Gita Sen

Women Farmers of India's Deccan Plateau: Ecofeminists Challenge World Elites, V. Rukmini Rao

II. WHAT REALLY WORKS? ESSAYS ON HUMAN ECOLOGY

9. Human Population

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: The Population Bomb

Future Generations, Joel Feinberg

Population, Development, and the Environment, Clark Wolf

Recent Population Trends, Elizabeth Willott

10. What It Takes To Preserve Wilderness

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: South Africa

Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique, Ramachandra Guha

Headaches and Heartaches: The Elephant Management Dilemma, Ian J. Whyte

At the Hand of Man: Peril and Hope for Africa's Wildlife, Raymond Bonner

When Preservationism Doesn't Preserve, David Schmidtz

11. Sustainable Use and Institutional Structure

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: The Logic of the Commons

The Tragedy of the Commons, Garrett Hardin

Approximate Optimality of Aboriginal Property Rights, Martin J. Bailey

Environmental Lessons, Carol Rose

The Institution of Property, David Schmidtz

12. Poverty as an Environmental Problem

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Zambia

Living on a Lifeboat, Garrett Hardin

Famine, Affluence, and Morality, Peter Singer

Global Environment and International Inequality, Henry Shue

Feeding People Versus Saving Nature, Holmes Rolston III

Natural Enemies: An Anatomy of Environmental Conflict, David Schmidtz

13. Vanishing Resources

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Cities

Designing Cities as if They Were Ethical Choices, Jessica Woolliams

Why the Good News Shouldn't Scare You, Gregg Easterbrook

The Doomslayer, Ed Regis

The Good News, in Perspective, Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich

14. Cost-Benefit Analysis and Environmental Policy

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Optimal Pollution

Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique, Steven Kelman

Cost-Benefit Analysis Defended, Herman B. Leonard and Richard J. Zeckhauser

Moral Pluralism and the Environment, Andrew Brennan

A Place for Cost-Benefit Analysis, David Schmidtz

15. Environmentalism in Practice

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: The Ethics of Confrontation

The Environmentalists' Dilemma: Dollars and Sand Dollars, Bryan G. Norton

Fragile Freedoms, Bryan G. Norton

Therapeutic Nihilism and Environmental Management, Eugene C. Hargrove

Mad Cowboy: The Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat, Howard F. Lyman with Glen Merzer

Tora! Tora! Tora!, Paul Watson

The Missing Shade of Green, Kate Rawles

Environmental Philosophy Is Environmental Activism: The Most Radical and Effective Kind, J. Baird Callicott

Taking Environmental Ethics Public, Andrew Light

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195139099
Subtitle:
What Really Matters, What Really Works
Author:
Schmidtz, David
Author:
null, Elizabeth
Author:
null, David
Author:
Willott, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Environmental ethics
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
Moral Philosophy | Environmental Ethics
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics and Moral Philosophy | Environmental Ethics
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics & Moral Philosophy | Environmental Ethics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20011122
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 halftones and line illus.
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
7.3 x 9.1 x 1.2 in 2.231 lb

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