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Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works


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Extensively revised and expanded in this second edition, Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works examines morality from an environmental perspective. Featuring seventy-one accessible selections--from classic articles to examples of cutting-edge original research--it addresses both theory and practice. Asking what really matters, the first section of the book explores the abstract ideas of human value and value in nature. The second section turns to the question of what it would take to solve our real-world environmental problems. Moving beyond the "hype," it presents authoritative essays on applying environmental ethics to the issues that matter right now. The book is enhanced by chapter introductions ("Questions for Reflection and Discussion") that offer brief summaries and questions for further analysis and class discussion.

Ideal for undergraduate courses in environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, and environmental studies, Environmental Ethics, Second Edition, is also a helpful resource for graduate students and professors.

About the Author

David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy and joint Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Person, Polis, Planet (2008), Elements of Justice (2006), and Rational Choice and Moral Agency (1995), and coauthor of A Brief History of Liberty (2010).

Elizabeth Willott is a Principal Research Specialist in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, where she is a primary investigator on a National Science Foundation grant researching mosquito ecology in Tucson. She is also Curator of Butterfly Magic at Tucson Botanical Gardens, where she oversees the running of the butterfly display and education relative to it.

Table of Contents

*=New to this Edition


Rules, Principles, and Integrity: A General Introduction


Chapter 1. Where We Are and How We Got Here: The Roots of Crisis

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Guilt

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

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

* Shepard Krech, III, Pleistocene Extinctions

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

* Michael Pollan, The (Agri)Cultural Contradictions of Obesity

* Bill McKibben, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

Chapter 2. Respect for Nature

Introduction: The Last Man and the Search for Objective Value

Respect for Animals

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Peter Singer, All Animals Are Equal

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

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

Ian John Whyte, The Elephant Management Dilemma

Respect for Life

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

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

Gary Varner, Biocentric Individualism

Equal Respect

Jennifer Zamzow, guest editor

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Paul W. Taylor, The Ethics of Respect for Nature

David Schmidtz, Are All Species Equal?

Chapter 3. Holistic Ethics

Michael Bukoski, guest editor

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: The Land

Aldo Leopold, The Land Ethic

* Arne Naess, The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement: A Summary

Elliott Sober, Philosophical Problems for Environmentalism

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

Chapter 4. Ecofeminism

Daniel Silvermint, guest editor

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Three Models of Oppression

Kristen Hessler and Elizabeth Willott, Feminism and Ecofeminism

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

* Greta Gaard and Lori Gruen, Ecofeminism: Toward Global Justice and Planetary Health

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

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

Chapter 5. Environmental Justice

John Thrasher, guest editor

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Justice to Win

* Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Environmental Justice: Creating Equality, Reclaiming Democracy

* Vandana Shiva, Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit

David Schmidtz, Natural Enemies: An Anatomy of Environmental Conflict

Chapter 6. How Wild Does Nature Have to Be?

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: An Allegory

* John Muir, Hetch Hetchy Valley

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

* Elizabeth Willott, Restoring Nature, Without Mosquitoes?

* David Pitcher and Jennifer Welchman, Can an Environmental Paradise be Regained? The Hetch Hetchy Valley Question

Chapter 7. Finding Our Place in Nature

Dominating Nature

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

* Val Plumwood, Being Prey

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

* Michelle Nijhuis, Bonfire of the Superweeds

Learning to Belong

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

* Ronald Sandler, Environmental Virtue Ethics

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

The Simple Life

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Mark Sagoff, Do We Consume Too Much?

* Joshua Colt Gambrel and Philip Cafaro, The Virtue of Simplicity

* Paul Schwennesen, On the Ethics of Ranching


Chapter 8. Weighing Our Options

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Optimal Pollution

Steven Kelman, Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique

Andrew Brennan, Moral Pluralism and the Environment

* Martha C. Nussbaum, The Costs of Tragedy: Some Moral Limits of Cost-Benefit Analysis

David Schmidtz, A Place for Cost-Benefit Analysis

Chapter 9. The Logic of Scarcity

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Garrett Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons

David Schmidtz, The Institution of Property

* Carol M. Rose, Liberty, Property, Environmentalism

* Dan C. Shahar, Free-Market Environmentalism Pace Environmentalism?

Chapter 10. What It Takes to Preserve Wilderness

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: South Africa

David Schmidtz, When Preservationism Doesn't Preserve

* David Schmidtz and Elizabeth Willott, Reinventing the Commons: An African Case Study

* Lynn Scarlett, Choices, Consequences, and Cooperative Conservation: A New Environmentalism?

Chapter 11. Overpopulation and What to Do About It

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: The Population Bomb

Peter Singer, Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Garrett Hardin, Living on a Lifeboat

Holmes Rolston, III, Feeding People Versus Saving Nature

Henry Shue, Global Environment and International Inequality

Elizabeth Willott, Recent Population Trends

Chapter 12. Climate Change and What to Do About It

Dan C. Shahar, guest editor

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Handing Down a Warmer World

* Dale Jamieson, Ethics, Public Policy, and Global Warming

* Stephen M. Gardiner, A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics, and the Problem of Corruption

* Andrew Light, Climate Ethics for Climate Action

* John Christy, Testimony, U.S. House Ways and Means Committee

Chapter 13. Cities and What to Do About Them

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Taking Scarcity Seriously

Jessica Woolliams, Designing Cities and Buildings as if They Were Ethical Choices

Lynn Scarlett, Making Waste Management Pay

Robert Glennon, Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What to Do About It

* Garland D. Cox, Energy

* Tom Fournier, Air Pollution Abatement Strategies

Chapter 14. Technology and What to Do About It

Scott Boocher, guest editor

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: Innovation and Risk Management

* Gary Comstock, Ethics and Genetically Modified Foods

* Paul B. Thompson and William Hannah, Novel and Normal Risk: Where Does Nanotechnology Fit In?

* Joshua Colt Gambrel, Virtue Theory and Genetically Modified Crops

Chapter 15. Environmentalism in Practice

Questions for Reflection and Discussion: The Ethics of Confrontation

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

Bryan G. Norton, Fragile Freedoms

Paul Watson, Tora! Tora! Tora!

Kate Rawles, The Missing Shade of Green

Andrew Light, Taking Environmental Ethics Public

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Schmidtz, David
Oxford University Press, USA
Willott, Elizabeth
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
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