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Environmental Ethics: An Anthology
brings together seminal writings on the central questions in environmental ethics. The book comprises both classic and cutting-edge essays that have formed contemporary environmental ethics, ranging from the welfare of animals versus ecosystems to theories of the intrinsic value of nature. The volume also discusses alternatives to traditional environmental ethics, including deep ecology, ecofeminism, and environmental pragmatism; and presents important works on particular environmental issues, such as wilderness preservation and global climate change.
Additional editorial material provides a helpful overview of the field and points to new directions and controversies shaping the relationship between humans and nature into the future. Specifically designed for course use, Environmental Ethics: An Anthology provides an excellent introduction, at once accessible and thorough, to this increasingly important and urgent area of study.
ranks with the best of recent collections and will make an excellent course text. The skillful blend of classic and contemporary essays generates a clear sense both of the ongoing debates and the developing agenda of the subject, and demonstrates its growing importance for social decision-making." Alan Holland, Lancaster University, UK
"This anthology will get environmental ethics unstuck. It contains all the landmarks of the first great period of environmental ethics, but also fresh and provocative reflections that will steer the enterprise out of its present self-absorption and in socially trenchant and politically fruitful directions." Albert Borgmann, University of Montana
“Environmental Ethics is comprehensive, assembles both classics and new initiatives, and is organized so as to throw into clear relief the focal issues and critical debates that define the field. It is an invaluable guide for navigating the rapidly changing terrain that is environmental ethics, and one that pushes the field forward on a number of important fronts." Alison Wylie, Washington University, St. Louis
Featuring the best of traditional and contemporary approaches to environmental philosophy, "Environmental Ethics: An Anthology" brings together seminal writings on the central questions in environmental ethics.
Environmental Ethics: An Anthology brings together both classic and cutting-edge essays which have formed contemporary environmental ethics, ranging from the welfare of animals versus ecosystems to theories of the intrinsic value of nature.
About the Author
is Assistant Professor of Environmental Philosophy at New York University, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Environment, Philosophy, and Public Policy at Lancaster University, UK. He has edited or co-edited thirteen books, including Environmental Pragmatism
(1996), Social Ecology after Bookchin
(1999), and Technology and the Good Life
(2000). He is also co-editor of the journal Philosophy and Geography
and President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology.
Holmes Rolston III is University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He is often called “the father of environmental ethics” as an academic discipline and was featured in Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment (2001). He is author of numerous books including Philosophy Gone Wild (1986), Environmental Ethics (1988), Conserving Natural Value (1997), and Genes, Genesis and God (1999). He is past president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Volume: Ethics and Environmental Ethics (Andrew Light and Holmes Rolston III).
Part I: What is Environmental Ethics? An Introduction.
1. An Overview of Environmental Ethics (Clare Palmer).
2. "The Land Ethic" (Aldo Leopold).
3. Is There a Need for a New, an Environmental, Ethic? (Richard Sylvan).
Part II: Who Counts in an Environmental Ethics? Animals? Plants? Ecosystems?.
4. "Not for Humans Only: The Place of Nonhumans in Environmental Issues" (Peter Singer).
5. "Animal Rights: What's in a Name?" Plus a brief extract from "The Case for Animal Rights" (Tom Regan).
6. "The Ethics of Respect for Nature" (Paul Taylor).
7. "Is There a Place for Animals in the Moral Consideration of Nature?" (Eric Katz).
8. "Can Animal Rights Activists Be Environmentalists?" (Gary Varner).
9. "Against the Moral Considerability of Ecosystems" (Harley Cahen).
Part III: Is Nature Intrinsically Valuable?.
10. "Varieties of Intrinsic Value" (John O'Neill).
11. "Value in Nature and the Nature of Value" (Holmes Rolston, III).
12. "Source and Locus of Intrinsic Value" (Keekok Lee).
13. "Environmental Ethics and Weak Anthropocentrism" (Bryan Norton).
14. "Weak Anthropocentric Intrinsic Value" (Eugene Hargrove).
Part IV: Is There One Environmental Ethic? Monism versus Pluralism.
15. "Moral Pluralism and the Course of Environmental Ethics" (Christopher Stone).
16. "The Case against Moral Pluralism" (J. Baird Callicott).
17. "Minimal, Moderate, and Extreme Moral Pluralism" (Peter Wenz).
18. "Callicott and Naess on Pluralism" (Andrew Light).
Part V: Reframing Environmental Ethics: What Alternatives Exist?.
19. "Deep Ecology: A New Philosophy of our Time?" (Warwick Fox).
20. "The Deep Ecology Movement: Some Philosophical Aspects" (Arne Naess).
21. "Ecofeminism: Toward Global Justice and Planetary Health" (Greta Gaard and Lori Gruen).
22. "Ecological Feminism and Ecosystem Ecology" (Karren J. Warren and Jim Cheney).
23. "Beyond Intrinsic Value: Pragmatism in Environmental Ethics" (Anthony Weston).
24. "Pragmatism in Environmental Ethics: Democracy, Pluralism, and the Management of Nature" (Ben A. Minteer and Robert E. Manning).
Part VI: Focusing on Central Issues: Sustaining, Restoring, Preserving Nature.
Is Sustainability Possible?.
25. "Sustainable Resources Ethics" (Donald Scherer).
26. "Toward a Just and Sustainble Economic Order" (John Cobb).
27. "Ethics, Public Policy, and Global Warming" (Dale Jamieson).
Can and Ought We Restore Nature?.
28. "Faking Nature" (Robert Elliot).
29. "The Big Lie: Human Restoration of Nature" (Eric Katz).
30. "Ecological Restoration and the Culture of Nature: A Pragmatic Perspective" (Andrew Light).
Should We Preserve Wilderness?.
31. "An Amalgmation of Wilderness Preservation Arguments" (Michael P. Nelson).
32. "A Critique of and an Alternative to the Wilderness Idea" (J. Baird Callicott).
33. "Wilderness -- Now More than Ever" (Reed F. Noss).
Part VII: What on Earth Do We Want? Human Social Issues and Environmental Values.
34. "Feeding People versus Saving Nature" (Holmes Rolston, III).
35. "Saving Nature, Feeding People and Ethics" (Robin Attfield).
36. "Integrating Environmentalism and Human Rights" (James W. Nickel and Eduardo Viola).
37. "Environmental Justice: An Environmental Civil Rights Value Acceptable to All World Views" (Troy W. Hartley).
38. "Sustainability and Intergenerational Justice" (Brian Barry).
39. "Democracy and Sense of Place Values in Environmental Policy" (Bryan Norton and Bruce Hannon).
40. "Environmental Awareness and Liberal Education" (Andrew Brennan).