Synopses & Reviews
This book is a major new introduction to the field of ecological ethics. Taking issue with the common assumption that existing human ethics can be 'extended' to meet the demands of the ongoing ecological crisis, Patrick Curry shows that a new and truly ecological ethic is both possible and urgently needed. With this distinctive proposition in mind, Curry introduces and discusses all the major concepts needed to understand the full range of ecological ethics.
Focussing first on the major concepts of ethics - religious and secular - and value, Curry then examines the gradations of ecological ethics. He discusses light green, shallow or anthropomorphic ethics with the examples of stewardship, lifeboat ethics, and social ecology; mid-green or intermediate ethics represented by animal liberation/rights and biocentrism; and dark green, deep, or ecocentric ethics. Particular attention is given to the various kinds of ecocentric ethics, such as the Land Ethic, The Gaia Hypothesis, and Deep Ecology and its offshoots: Deep Green Theory, Left Biocentrism and the Earth Manifesto. Ecofeminism is also considered in this context. The concluding chapters discuss green ethics as post-secular, moral pluralism and pragmatism, green citizenship, and human population in the light of ecological ethics.
This comprehensive and wide-ranging textbook offers a radical but critical introduction to the subject. It will be of great interest to students, activists, and to a wider public concerned with the ecocrisis, its main theories, debates, and possible solutions.
About the Author
Patrick Curry is Senior Lecturer at the Sophia Centre, Bath Spa University College.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Introduction " This Book " Value and Nature " Ethics and Grub " What's New? " Transparency Chapter 2: Ecological Crisis " The Signs " Analysing Ecocrisis " Science and Technology Chapter 3: Ethics " What is Ethics? " Ethical Realism vs. Relativism " The Naturalistic Fallacy " Religious Ethics " Secular Ethics Chapter 4: Three Schools of Ethics " Virtue Ethics " Deontology ('Rights') " Utilitarianism ('Consequences') Chapter 5: Value " Some Issues " Anthropocentrism " Ecocentrism Chapter 6: Light Green or Shallow (Anthropocentric) Ethics " What is a Light Green Ethic? " Lifeboat Ethics Chapter 7: Mid-green or Intermediate Ethics " Animal Liberation " Animal Rights " Biocentrism Chapter 8: Dark Green or Deep (Ecocentric) Ethics " A Suggested Definition " The Land Ethic " Gaia Theory " Deep Ecology " Deep-Green Theory " Left Biocentrism " The Earth Manifesto " Ecofeminism Chapter 9: Green Ethics as Post-Secular " Dogmatic Secularism " An Ecocentric Spirituality Chapter 10: Moral Pluralism and Pragmatism " The Poverty of Monism " The Consequences of Pluralism Chapter 11: Green citizenship " Making it Real " A Long Revolution? " Ecological Republicanism " A Note on Cunning Wisdom Chapter 12: A Case-Study: Human Overpopulation " The Problem " Analysing Overpopulation " What Overpopulation Is and is Not " Overpopulation and Ecocentrism Postscript Notes ReferencesIndex