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Environmental Values

ISBN-10: 0415145090
ISBN-13: 9780415145091
Edition: 2007
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Description: The authors examine existing values which inform orthodox approaches to environmental decision making, such as cost benefit analysis, together with the challenges to these approaches.

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Book details

List price: $67.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792

The authors examine existing values which inform orthodox approaches to environmental decision making, such as cost benefit analysis, together with the challenges to these approaches.

Andrew Light is assistant professor of environmental philosophy, director of the Environmental Conservation program, and codirector of the Applied Philosophy Group at New York University. He is the author of Reel Arguments: Film, Philosophy, and Social Criticismand is the editor or coeditor of fifteen books on philosophy and environmental studies. He lives in New York City.Jonathan M. Smith is professor of geography at Texas A& M and is the coeditor of Re-Reading Cultural Geography; Worldview Flux: Perplexed Values Among Postmodern Peoples; American Space/American Place: Geographies of the Contemporary United States; and the journal Philosophy and Geography. He lives in Bryan, Texas.

List of Figures
Aknowledgements
Values and the environment
Environments and values
Living from the world
Living in the world
Living with the world
Addressing value conflicts
Value conflicts
The distribution of goods and harms
Addressing conflicts
Utilitarian approaches to environmental decision making
Human well-being and the natural world
Introduction
Welfare: hedonism, preferences and objective lists
The hedonistic account of well-being
Bentham and the felicific calculus
John Stuart Mill
Preference utilitarianism
Objectivist accounts of welfare
Whose well-being counts?
Making comparisons: utilitarianism, economics and efficiency
Consequentialism and its critics
Introduction
Consequentialism permits too much
What is the problem with consequentialism? The moral standing of individuals
Rights, conflicts and community
Consequentialism demands too much
What is the problem with consequentialism? Agent-based restrictions on action
Virtues and environmental concern
Consequentialist responses
Indirect utilitarianism
Extend the account of the good
Ethical pluralism and the limits of theory
Equality, justice and environment
Utilitarianism and distribution
Equality in moral standing
Indirect utilitarian arguments for distributive equality
Economics, efficiency and equality
Willingness to pay
The Kaldor-Hicks compensation test
Discounting the future
Egalitarian ethics
Consequentialism without maximisation
The priority view
Telic egalitarianism
Deontological responses
Community, character and equality
Equality of what?
Value pluralism, value commensurability and environmental choice
Value monism
Value pluralism
Trading-off values
Constitutive incommensurabilities
Value pluralism, consequentialism, and the alternatives
Structural pluralism
Choice without commensurability
What can we expect from a theory of rational choice?
A new environmental ethic?
The moral considerability of the non-human world
New ethics for old?
Moral considerability
Extending the boundaries of moral considerability
New theories for old?
Environment, meta-ethics and intrinsic value
Meta-ethics and normative ethics
Intrinsic value
Is the rejection of meta-ethical realism compatible with an environmental ethic?
Objective value and the flourishing of living things
Environmental ethics through thick and thin
Nature and the natural
Valuing the 'natural'
The complexity of 'nature'
Some distinctions
Natural and artificial
Natural and cultural
Nature as wilderness
The value of natural things
Nature conservation
A paradox?
On restoring the value of nature
Restitutive ecology
History, narrative and environmental goods
The narratives of nature
Nature and narrative
Three walks
History and processes as sources of value
Going back to nature?
Old worlds and new
Narrative and nature
Biodiversity: biology as biography
The itemising approach to environmental values
The nature of biodiversity - conceptual clarifications
The attractions of itemisation
Biodiversity and environmental sustainability
Time, history and biodiversity
The dangers of moral trumps
Sustainability and human well-being
Sustainability: of what, for whom and why?
Economic accounts of sustainability
Sustainability: weak and strong
Human well-being and subsistutability
From preferences to needs
Narrative, human well-being and sustainability
Sustainability without capital
Public decisions and environmental goods
Procedural rationality and deliberative institutions
Decisions in context
Responsibility and character
What makes for good decisions?
Bibliography
Index

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