Environmental Ethics What Really Matters, What Really Works

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Edition: 3rd
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Pub. Date: 2018-06-19
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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Significantly revised in this third edition, Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works examines morality from an environmental perspective. Featuring accessible selections--from classic articles to examples of cutting-edge original research--it addresses both theory and practice.

Asking what really matters, the first section of the book explores the abstract ideas of human value and value in nature. The second section turns to the question of what really works--what it would take to solve our real-world environmental problems. Moving beyond the "hype," it presents authoritative essays on applying environmental ethics to the issues that matter right now. The selections present philosophical, biological, and socially scientific approaches to the major issues. Environmental Ethics also features first-hand descriptions from people who have actually been involved in wildlife and conservation initiatives.

Author Biography

David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy and Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic at the University of Arizona.

Dan C. Shahar is Research Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The late Elizabeth Willott was Principal Research Specialist in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona.

Table of Contents

*=New to this Edition
New to the Third Edition
Instructor Resources
Editorial: A General Introduction to Ethics
1. How We Got Here
* Roderick Frazier Nash, "Old World Roots of Opinion"
* George Perkins Marsh, "Man and Nature"
* Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature"
* Gifford Pinchot, "The Principles of Conservation"
John Muir, "The Hetch Hetchy Valley"
* Gifford Pinchot, "The Hetch Hetchy Dam Site"
Aldo Leopold, "The Land Ethic"
Editorial: The Last Man and the Search for Objective Value
2. Humility and Control
For Discussion: Guilt
* Genesis 1:20-1:31
* John Stuart Mill, "On Nature"
Lynn White Jr., "The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis"
* Aldo Leopold, "Thinking Like a Mountain"
* Rachel Carson, "Silent Spring"
3. Human Beings
A. Human Suffering
Peter Singer, "Famine, Affluence, and Morality"
Garrett Hardin, "Living on a Lifeboat"
Gita Sen, "Women, Poverty, and Population: Issues for the Concerned Environmentalist"
Holmes Rolston III, "Feeding People versus Saving Nature"
B. Human Excellence
Thomas E. Hill, Jr., "Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments"
* Philip Cafaro, "Thoreau, Leopold, and Carson: Toward an Environmental Virtue Ethics"
* Thomas E. Hill, Jr., "Finding Value in Nature"
4. Animal Suffering
A. Traditional Perspectives
* Thomas Aquinas, "Whether It Is Unlawful to Kill Any Living Thing"
* Immanuel Kant, "Duties toward Animals"
* Jeremy Bentham, "Can They Suffer?"
B. Contemporary Perspectives
For Discussion: Respect for Animals
Peter Singer, "All Animals are Equal"
* Tom Regan, "The Case for Animal Rights"
* Bonnie Steinbock, "Speciesism and the Idea of Equality"
Mark Sagoff, "Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics: Bad Marriage, Quick Divorce"
5. Life
For Discussion: Equal Respect
* Gregg Easterbrook, "A Moment on the Earth"
Paul Taylor, "The Ethics of Respect for Nature"
Gary Varner, "Biocentric Individualism"
David Schmidtz, "Are All Species Equal?"
6. Wilderness
Holmes Rolston III, "Value in Nature and the Nature of Value"
J. Baird Callicott, "Holistic Environmental Ethics and the Problem of Ecofascism"
* Ned Hettinger & Bill Throop, "Refocusing Ecocentrism: De-Emphasizing Stability and Defending Wildness
7. Nature
For Discussion: How Wild Does Nature Have to Be?
Martin Krieger, "What's Wrong with Plastic Trees?"
* Eric Katz, "The Call of the Wild": The Struggle against Domination and the Technological Fix of Nature
David Pitcher and Jennifer Welchman, "Can an Environmental Paradise be Regained? The Hetch Hetchy Question"
Elizabeth Willott, "Restoring Nature, without Mosquitoes?"
Val Plumwood, "Being Prey"
Arne Naess, "The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement: A Summary"
* Bill Devall and George Sessions, "Deep Ecology"
* Murray Bookchin, "Social Ecology versus Deep Ecology"
Editorial: Reflections On What Works
8. Toward a Humane Environmentalism
A. Ecology and Imperialism
Ramachandra Guha, "Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique"
David Schmidtz, "When Preservationism Doesn't Preserve"
Ian John Whyte, "The Elephant Management Dilemma"
B. Conflicting Values, Conflicting Priorities
* Ramachandra Guha, "Deep Ecology Revisited"
David Schmidtz, "Natural Enemies: An Anatomy of Environmental Conflict"
* Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, "The Forest for the Trees"
Henry Shue, "Global Environment and International Inequality"
9. Feminist Ecological Ethics
Daniel Silvermint, "Three Models of Oppression"
V. Rukmini Rao, "Women Farmers of India's Deccan Plateau: Ecofeminists Challenge World Elites"
Kristen Hessler and Elizabeth Willott, "Feminism and Ecofeminism"
Karen J. Warren, "The Power and Promise of Ecological Feminism"
10. Land Management
Garrett Hardin, "The Tragedy of the Commons"
David Schmidtz, "The Institution of Property"
Carol Rose, "Liberty, Property, and Environmentalism"
* Mark Pennington, "Liberty, Markets, and Environmental Values"
11. Weighing Our Options
* J.H. Dales, "Simple Problems, Simple Solutions"
* Steven Kelman, "Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique"
Kristin Shrader-Frechette, "Environmental Justice"
David Schmidtz, "A Place for Cost-Benefit Analysis"
12. Food
* Gary L. Francione and Anna E. Charlton, "Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach"
* Mark Bryant Budolfson, "Is It Wrong to Eat Meat from Factory Farms? If So, Why?"
* Cora Diamond, "Eating Meat and Eating People"
Michael Pollan, "The (Agri)Cultural Contradictions of Obesity"
Paul Schwennesen, "On the Ethics of Ranching"
13. Being a Citizen of the World
A. Working Together
* Elliott Sober, "Philosophical Problems for Environmentalism"
* Bryan G. Norton, "Toward Unity among Environmentalists"
* Katie McShane, "Anthropocentrism vs. Nonanthropocentrism: Why Should We Care?"
Lynn Scarlett, "Choices, Consequences, and Cooperative Conservation": A New Environmentalism?
B. Taking Responsibility
* Baylor L. Johnson, "Ethical Obligations in a Tragedy of the Commons"
* Ty Raterman, "Bearing the Weight of the World: On an Individual's Environmental Responsibility"
* Dan C. Shahar, "Treading Lightly on the Climate in a Problem-Ridden World"
14. Caring for the Climate
Dale Jamieson, "Ethics, Public Policy, and Global Warming"
* Philip Kitcher, "The Climate Challenge"
* Darrel Moellendorf, "Justice in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Policies"
* John Broome, "The Most Important Thing about Climate Change"
* Bjorn Lomborg, "Cool It"
15. Urban Ecology and Modern Life
* Adriana Zuniga-Teran, "Urban Ecology"
Lynn Scarlett, "Making Waste Management Pay"
Bill McKibben, "Deep Economy"
Joshua Colt Gambrel & Philip Cafaro, "The Virtue of Simplicity"
Mark Sagoff, "Do We Consume Too Much?"
Freya Mathews, "Letting the World Grow Old"
* Adriana Zuniga-Teran, "Walkable Neighborhoods"
16. Taking Action
Paul Watson, "Tora! Tora! Tora!"
Kate Rawles, "The Missing Shade of Green"
J. Baird Callicott, "Environmental Philosophy Is Environmental Activism": The Most Radical and Effective Kind
Andrew Light, "Taking Environmental Ethics Public"

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