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Environmental Ethics Today

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ISBN-10: 0195133846

ISBN-13: 9780195133844

Edition: 2001

Authors: Peter S. Wenz

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The world's economy expands, food production increases, and technology links people as never before. But the human population grows, rainforests decline, species become extinct, climate change threatens extreme weather, cancer kills more than ever, and nearly a billion people starve as the gap between rich and poor widens. Environmental Ethics Today addresses these matters by exploring beliefs of fact and value guiding human interactions with nature. The style is journalistic, featuring actual controversies and individual stories, but the content is philosophically rigorous. Abstract theories, ideas, and methods, such as utilitarianism, contractarianism, and hermeneutics are introduced as…    
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/14/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Peter S. Wenz is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Springfield and University Scholar at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Beyond Red and Blue: How Twelve Political Philosophies Shape American Debates (MIT Press) and other books.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Is Environmental Ethics?
Environmental Ethics Under Attack
Disturbing Trends in Human Health
Future Generations
World Trade
Population Growth and Obligations to the World's Poor
Obligations to Nonhumans
Preview of Chapters
Anthropocentrism
1
Overpopulation and Scarcity
What Are Free Markets?
Cornucopian Economics
The Tragedy of the Commons
Public Goods, Externalities, and Government Coercion
Trading Pollution Permits
A Market Approach to Overpopulation
Lifeboat Ethics
Psychological Egoism and the Possibility of Sharing
Human Rights
Energy, Economics, and Future Generations
Global Warming and Future Generations
Human Rights and the Futurity Problem
Fair Contracts and Future Generations
Environmental Tradeoffs and Cost-Benefit Analysis
CBA and Increasing Scarcity
CBA and Political Equality
CBA and Future Generations
Competing Human-Centered Values
Environmental Hazards in the Third World
How Much Money Is a Human Life Worth?
Should Prostitution Be Legalized?
Non-economic vs. Economic Anthropocentrism
Aesthetic Values
National Heritage
Transformative Values and Future Generations
Moral Pluralism
Moral Relativism
Nonanthropocentrism
Animal Liberation and Utilitarianism
Cruelty to Animals
Utilitarianism
Speciesism
Animal Husbandry
Vegetarianism
Rodeos and Bullfights
The Replacement Argument
Against Hedonism
Preference Utilitarianism
Animal Rights and Medical Research
Introduction
The Nature of Rights
Immortal Souls and Rights
Language, Abstract Thinking, and Rights
Moral Personality and Rights
Contracts and Rights
An Animal's Right to Life
The Benefits of Experiments on Animals
Animal Rights vs. Animal Research
Limited Animal Rights in Reflective Equilibrium
Animal Research in Reflective Equilibrium
Species Diversity and Gaia
Massive Extinction of Species
Causes of Extinction
Why Do We Protect Endangered Species?
Animal Rights vs. Species Preservation
Species as Individual Living Things
The Gaia Hypothesis
From Science to Metaphor
Metaphors and Moral Implications
Mechanical and Organic Metaphors for Nature
The Land Ethic
Hunting Animals to Preserve Ecosystems
The Nature of Ecosystems
Does Hunting Help or Hurt Ecosystems?
Why Value Ecosystems?
Conflicting Moral Commitments
Tigers and Elephants in the Third World
Environmental Synergism
Human Rights, Agriculture, and Biodiversity
Poverty, Efficiency, and Human Rights
Environmental Synergism
The Benefits of High-tech Agriculture
Specialization Leads to Preoccupation with Money
Fouling Our Own Nest
Sustainability Problems
The Green Revolution
Biodiversity and Human Welfare
Anthropocentrism or Synergism?
Ecofeminism and Environmental Justice
From Feminism to Ecofeminism
Women as Subordinate
Indigenous People as Subordinate