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Doing environmental ethics

Author: Robert Traer
Publisher: Boulder, CO : Westview Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"Doing Environmental Ethics offers a way to face the earth's ecological crisis that draws on environmental science, economic theory, international law, and religious teachings, as well as philosophical arguments. It engages students in constructing ethical presumptions based on our duty (to other persons and species and also to ecosystems), our character (personal virtues), our relationships (with other persons and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Traer
ISBN: 9780813347417 0813347416 9780813347424 0813347424
OCLC Number: 794624737
Description: xiii, 385 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Part 1: Ethics And Science: --
1: Moral philosophy: an adventure in reasoning: --
Right and good --
Reasoning about our feelings --
Environmental ethics --
Learning from diverse theories --
Doing ethics together --
Questions --
2: Ethics and science: moral consideration: --
What we know and can't know --
Evolving theory of evolution --
Ecosystems and emergent properties --
Ascribing value to nature --
Questions --
3: Ethics and economics: the common good: --
Invisible hand? --
Economic and ethical issues --
Globalization and economic growth --
Green economics --
Questions --
Part 2: Constructing And Testing Ethical Presumptions: --
4: Duty: nature and future generations: --
Doing our duty --
Right action --
Commanded by God; Jews and Muslims --
Government, land, and property --
Applying the golden rule --
Animals, species, ecosystems, and landscapes --
Questions --
5: Character: ecological virtues: --
Being good --
Children's stories --
Christian stewardship --
Virtues: integrity, gratitude, and frugality --
Respecting and appreciating nature --
Questions --
6: Relationships: empathy and integrity: --
Empathy is natural --
Culture and human nature --
Deep ecology --
Ecofeminism: a social ecology --
Ecological integrity --
Questions --
7: Rights: humans and animals?: --
Human rights law --
Environmental rights --
Animal rights? --
Rights strategy --
Questions --
8: Consequences: predicting the future: --
Utilitarianism --
Animal suffering --
Cost-benefit analysis --
Biocentric consequentialism --
Scientific consequences --
Questions --
Worksheet --
Part 3: Learning From Nature: --
9: Ecological living: sustainable consumption: --
Duty: to reduce our consumption --
Character: consumer choices --
Relationships: our natural community --
Rights: to a healthy environment --
Consequences: sustainable consumption --
Questions --
10: Environmental policy: governments, corporations NGOs: --
Governments: international and US policies --
Corporations: sustainable practices --
Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs): advocacy and action --
Ethical reasoning: analysis --
Questions --
11: Air and water: a healthy environment: --
Earth's atmosphere --
Air: pollution and greenhouse gases --
Water: quality and scarcity --
Economic predictions: shortsighted --
Questions --
12: Agriculture: land and food: --
Nature's cycles --
Industrial agriculture --
Poor farmers --
Sustainable farming --
Questions. 13: Public land: adaptive management: --
Conservationists versus preservationists --
National forests and parks --
Restoring deserts and wetlands --
Rainforests --
Wildlife reserves in Asia and Africa --
Ethical and legal presumptions --
Questions --
14: Urban ecology: building green: --
Built environment --
Transportation --
Water and waste --
Sustainable cities --
Environmental justice --
Consequences --
Questions --
15: Climate change: global warming: --
Carbon cycle --
Responsibility --
Predicting consequences --
Taking action --
Questions --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Robert Traer.

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