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Environment Philosophy, Science, and Ethics

ISBN-10: 0262017407

ISBN-13: 9780262017404

Edition: 2012

Authors: William P. Kabasenche, Michael O'Rourke, Matthew H. Slater, Robert N. Brandon, Katie Mcshane

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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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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 4/27/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

William P. Kabasenche is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University.

Matthew H. Slater is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Bucknell University.

Acknowledgments
The Environment: How to Understand It and What to Do about It
The Concept of the Environment in Evolutionary Theory
What If Ecological Communities Are Not Wholes?
The Environment, from a Behavioral Perspective
Systems Theory and the New Ecophilosophy
Situated Adaptationism
Thinking Ecologically: The Legacy of Rachel Carson
Climate, Consensus, and Contrarians
Nature as the School of the Moral World: Kant on Taking an Interest in Natural Beauty
Precaution Has Its Reasons
Add to Cart? Environmental "Amenities" and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Can We-and Should We-Make Reparation to "Nature"?
Getting the Bad Out: Remediation Technologies and Respect for Others
Emissions, Economics, and Equity: Problems with Nuclear Solutions to Climate Change
On the Need for Front-Line Climate Ethics
List of Contributors
Index