Ethics and the Environment An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521682843
ISBN-13: 9780521682848
Edition: 2008
Authors: Dale Jamieson
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 234
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

What is the environment, and how does it figure in an ethical life? This book is an introduction to the philosophical issues involved in this important question, focussing primarily on ethics but also encompassing questions in aesthetics and political philosophy. Topics discussed include the environment as an ethical question, human morality, meta-ethics, normative ethics, humans and other animals, the value of nature, and nature's future. The discussion is accessible and richly illustrated with examples. The book will be valuable for students taking courses in environmental philosophy, and also for a wider audience in courses in ethics, practical ethics, and environmental studies. It will also appeal to general readers who want a reliable and sophisticated introduction to the field.

Preface
The environment as an ethical question
Nature and the environment
Dualism and ambivalence
Environmental problems
Questions of scale
Types of harm
Causes of environmental problems
The role of technology
The economic perspective
Religion and worldviews
Ethics, aesthetics, and values
Human morality
The nature and functions of morality
Challenges to morality
Amoralism
Theism
Relativism
What these challenges teach us
Meta-ethics
The structure of the field
Realism
Subjectivism
The sensible center
Intrinsic value
Normative ethics
Moral theories
Consequentialism
Virtue ethics
Kantianism
Practical ethics
Humans and other animals
Speciesism
Animals and moral theory
Using animals
Animals and other values
The value of nature
Biocentrism
Ecocentrism
Valuing reconsidered
The plurality of values
Conflicts and trade-offs
Nature's future
Travails of the biosphere
Questions of justice
Visions of the future
Conclusion
References
Index

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