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The environment : philosophy, science, and ethics

Author: William P Kabasenche; Michael O'Rourke; Matthew H Slater
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
Series: Topics in contemporary philosophy.
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Philosophical reflections on the environment began with early philosophers' invocation of a cosmology that mixed natural and supernatural phenomena. Today, the central philosophical problem posed by the environment involves not what it can teach us about ourselves and our place in the cosmic order but rather how we can understand its workings in order to make better decisions about our own conduct regarding it. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference (12th : 2009 : Pullman, Wash., and Moscow, Idaho).
Environment.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011040594
(OCoLC)756837060
Material Type: Conference publication, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William P Kabasenche; Michael O'Rourke; Matthew H Slater
ISBN: 9780262301770 0262301776 1280498927 9781280498923
OCLC Number: 793206730
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 307 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. The environment : how to understand it and what to do about it --
2. The concept of the environment in evolutionary theory --
3. What if ecological communities are not wholes? --
4. The environment, from a behavioral perspective --
5. Systems theory and the new ecophilosophy --
6. Situated adaptationism --
7. Thinking ecologically : the legacy of Rachel Carson --
8. Climate, consensus, and contrarians --
9. Nature as the school of the moral world : Kant on taking an interest in natural beauty --
10. Precaution has its reasons --
11. Add to cart? environmental "amenities" and cost-benefit analysis --
12. Can we, and should we, make reparation to "nature"? --
13. Getting the bad out : remediation technologies and respect for others --
14. Emissions, economics, and equity : problems with nuclear solutions to climate change --
15. On the need for front-line climate ethi.
Series Title: Topics in contemporary philosophy.
Responsibility: edited by William P. Kabasenche, Michael O'Rourke, and Matthew H. Slater.

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Philosophical reflections on the environment began with early philosophers' invocation of a cosmology that mixed natural and supernatural phenomena. Today, the central philosophical problem posed by the environment involves not what it can teach us about ourselves and our place in the cosmic order but rather how we can understand its workings in order to make better decisions about our own conduct regarding it. The resulting inquiry spans different areas of contemporary philosophy, many of which are represented by the fifteen original essays in this volume. The contributors first consider conceptual problems generated by rapid advances in biology and ecology, examining such topics as ecological communities, adaptation, and scientific consensus. The contributors then turn to epistemic and axiological issues, first considering philosophical aspects of environmental decision making and then assessing particular environmental policies (largely relating to climate change), including reparations, remediation, and nuclear power, from a normative perspective.

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