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Boundaries: A Casebook in Environmental Ethics



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In this expanded and revised edition of a fresh and original case-study textbook on environmental ethics, Christine Gudorf and James Huchingson continue to explore the line that separates the current state of the environment from what it should be in the future. Boundaries begins with a lucid overview of the field, highlighting the key developments and theories in the environmental movement. Specific cases offer a rich and diverse range of situations from around the globe, from saving the forests of Java and the use of pesticides in developing countries to restoring degraded ecosystems in Nebraska. With an emphasis on the concrete circumstances of particular localities, the studies continue to focus on the dilemmas and struggles of individuals and communities who face daunting decisions with serious consequences. This second edition features extensive updates and revisions, along with four new cases: one on water privatization, one on governmental efforts to mitigate global climate change, and two on the obstacles that teachers of environmental ethics encounter in the classroom. Boundaries also includes an appendix for teachers that describes how to use the cases in the classroom.

Author Biography

Christine E. Gudorf is professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Florida International University. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Indonesia in 2002. She is the coauthor of Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach and author of Body, Sex, and Pleasure: Reconstructing Christian Sexual Ethics.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Environmental Ethics: The Range of Engagement
Theory in Environmental Ethicsp. 3
We're All in This ... Alone: The Individual and Communityp. 29
Maintaining and Managing the Ecosystem
For Ecological Health or Profit? The POPs Elimination Treatyp. 49
Heart Thieves: Preserving Endangered Ecosystems or Endangered Cultures in Madagascarp. 68
Must Java Have No Forests? Nature Preserves and Human Population Pressuresp. 83
Buried Alive: Future Generations and Permanent Underground Disposal of Nuclear Wastep. 101
Water: Economic Commodity and Divine Giftp. 121
Guardian Angels of Angel Oak: To Till or Keepp. 142
Restoring and Re-creating the Ecosystem
River Run or River Ruined: Hydropower or Free-Flowing Rivers?p. 163
Nature Creates Deserts Too: Addressing Desertification in Chinap. 181
Rewilding: Restoration of Degraded Ecosystemsp. 196
Planning for Climate Changep. 211
Ecosystem Interventions Aimed at Innovation
Improving on Natural Variation? Genetically Modified Foodsp. 227
Nature Red in Tooth, Claw, and Bullet: Hunting and Human Presence in Naturep. 242
Understanding Xenotransplants: Crossbreeding Humans or Advanced Domestication of Animals?p. 259
Appendix: Using Environmental Case Studies in the Classroomp. 285
Indexp. 297
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