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Environmental ethics : an introduction to environmental philosophy

Author: Joseph R DesJardins
Publisher: Australia ; Boston, MA : Wadsworth Cengage Learning, ©2013.
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Offers an introduction to issues of environmental ethics and major schools of thought in the field. This title presents a discussion of basic concepts in ethical theory, followed by an application of  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph R DesJardins
ISBN: 9781133049975 1133049974 9781133309970 1133309976
OCLC Number: 782198392
Description: xvi, 282 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
I. Basic concepts --
1. Science, politics, and ethics --
Discussion: global climate change --
Introduction: why philosophy? --
Science and ethics --
Philosophy, politics, and ethical relativism --
Environmental ethics: an overview --
Summary --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Environmental Ethics Watch --
2. Ethical theories and the environment --
Discussion: Why protect endangered species? --
Introduction --
Philosophical ethics: getting comfortable with the topic --
The natural law tradition --
teleology and virtues --
Contemporary perspectives on teleology --
The utilitarian tradition --
Contemporary perspectives on utilitarianism --
Deontology: an ethics of duty and rights --
Contemporary perspectives on deontological ethics --
Environmental ethics and religious principles --
The good of God's creation --
Finding the divine in nature --
The ultimate respect for value of life --
Social justice ministries --
Stewardship --
Summary and conclusions --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Environmental Ethics Watch --
II. Environmental ethics as applied ethics --
3. Ethics and economics: managing public lands --
Discussion: BP's deepwater horizon spill --
Introduction --
Conservation or preservation? --
Managing the national forests --
Pollution and economics --
Ethical issues in economic analysis --
Cost-benefit analysis --
Ethical analysis and environmental economics --
Summary and conclusions --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Environmental Ethics Watch --
4. Sustainability and responsibilities to the future --
Discussion: fad or future? --
Introduction --
Do we have responsibilities to future generations? --
What do we owe future generations? --
Consumption and sustainable development --
Summary and conclusions --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Environmental Ethics Watch --
5. Responsibilities to the natural world: from anthropocentric to nonanthropocentric ethics --
Discussion: industrial farming: mass producing animals as food --
Introduction --
Moral standing in the western tradition --
Early environmental ethics --
Moral standing --
Do trees have standing? --
Peter Singer and the Animal Liberation Movement --
Tom Regan and animal rights --
Ethical implications of animal welfare --
Critical challenges --
Summary and conclusions --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Environmental Watch --
III. Theories of environmental ethics --
6. Biocentric ethics and the inherent value of life --
Discussion: synthetic biology and the value of life --
Introduction --
Instrumental value and intrinsic value --
Biocentric ethics and the reverence for life --
Ethics and character --
Taylor's biocentric ethics --
Practical implications --
Challenges and developments --
Summary and conclusions --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Ennvironmental Watch --
7. Wilderness, ecology, and ethics --
Discussion: Wilderness management: fighting fires in Yellowstone --
Introduction --
The wilderness ideal --
The wilderness "myth": the contemporary debate --
From ecology to philosophy --
From ecology to ethics --
Varieties of holism --
Summary and conclusions --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Environmental Ethics Watch --
8. The land ethic --
Discussion: hunting, ethics, and the environment --
Introduction --
The land ethic --
Leopold's holism --
Criticisms of the land ethic: facts and values --
Criticisms of the land ethic: holistic ethics --
Callicott's revisions --
Summary and conclusions --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Environmental Ethics Watch --
9. Radical environmental philosophy: deep ecology and ecofeminism --
Discussion: Environmental activism or ecoterrorism? --
Introduction --
Deep ecology --
The deep ecology platform --
Metaphysical ecology --
From metaphysics to ethics --
Self-realization and biocentric equality --
Criticisms of deep ecology --
Ecofeminism: making connections --
Ecofeminism: recent developments --
Summary and conclusions --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Environmental Ethics Watch --
10. Environmental justice and social ecology --
Discussion: environmental refugees --
Introduction --
Property rights and libertarian justice --
Justice and fairness --
Environmental justice and environmental racism --
Murray Bookchin's social ecology --
Critical reflections --
Summary and conclusions --
Notes --
Discussion questions --
Global Environmental Ethics Watch --
11. Pluralism, pragmatism, and sustainability --
Discussion: carbon mitigation and stabilization wedges --
Introduction: agreement and disagreement in environmental ethics --
Moral pluralism and moral monism --
Environmental pragmatism --
Conclusion: sustainability revisited --
Notes --
Global Environmental Ethics Watch --
Glossary --
Index.
Responsibility: Joseph R. DesJardins.

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