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The Economy of the Earth: Philosophy, Law, and the Environmentby Mark Sagoff
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Mark Sagoff draws on the last twenty years of debate over the foundations of environmentalism in this comprehensive revision of The Economy of the Earth. Posing questions pertinent to consumption, cost-benefit analysis, the normative implications of neo-Darwinism, the role of the natural in national history, and the centrality of the concept of place in environmental ethics, he analyzes social policy in relation to the environment, pollution, the workplace, and public safely and health. Sagoff distinguishes ethical from economic questions and explains which kinds of concepts, arguments, and processes are appropriate to each.
Book News Annotation:
Updating the 1988 edition, Sagoff (philosophy and public policy, U. of Maryland) cogently argues that the environmental movement will become extinct unless environmentalists realize that their base is not exclusively a liberal or left-wing one. Based on a course he teaches on environmental ethics, the author traces how environmentalism is deeply rooted in American historical, aesthetic, religious, and ethical values. From personal and scholarly perspectives, he discusses how consumer preference factors influence the economic value of property. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sagoff draws on the last twenty years of debate over the foundations of environmentalism in this comprehensively revised new edition.
About the Author
Mark Sagoff is Interim Director and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. The author of Price, Principle and the Environment (2004), he has published widely in journals of law, philosophy, and the environment. Dr Sagoff was named a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment in 1991 and was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1998. He is also a fellow of the Hastings Center and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. At the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima; or, why political questions are not all economic; 3. The allocation and distribution of resources; 4. Values and preferences; 5. Can we put a price on nature's services?; 6. Do we consume too much?; 7. Is an environmental ethic compatible with biological science?; 8. Settling America or the concept of place in environmental ethics; 9. Natural and national history; 10. Environmentalism: death and resurrection.
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