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Doing Environmental Ethicsoffers a way to face our ecological crisis that draws on environmental science, economic theory, international law, and religious teachings, as well as philosophical arguments. It engages students in constructing ethical presumptions based on duty, character, relationships, and rights, and then tests these moral presumptions by predicting the likely consequences of acting on them. Students apply what they have learned to specific policy issues discussed in the final part of the book: sustainable consumption, environmental policy, clean air and water, agriculture, managing public lands, urban ecology, and climate change. Questions after each chapter and a worksheet aid readers in deciding how to live more responsibly as consumers and as citizens. The second edition has been updated throughout to reflect the latest developments in environmental ethics, including new coverage of sustainable practices of corporations, NGOs' environmental actions, and rainforest certification programs. This edition also incorporates more theory with new sections on social justice and environmental justice as well expanded coverage of ecofeminism. Revised study questions emphasize application and analysis, and new "Decisions" boxes, short exercises that allow students to evaluate current environmental issues, appear throughout the text.
Robert Traer holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, a J.D. from the School of Law of the University of California at Davis, and a D.Min. from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He is a faculty member of the Dominican University of California. With Harlan Stelmach, he is coauthor of Doing Ethics in a Diverse World (Westview Press).
Table of Contents
|Ethics and Science|
|Moral Philosophy: An Adventure in Reasoning||p. 3|
|Right and Good||p. 4|
|Reasoning about Our Feelings||p. 7|
|Environmental Ethics||p. 11|
|Learning from Diverse Theories||p. 13|
|Doing Ethics Together||p. 16|
|Ethics and Science: Moral Consideration||p. 21|
|What We Know and Can't Know||p. 22|
|An Evolving Theory of Evolution||p. 24|
|Ecosystems and Emergent Properties||p. 29|
|Ascribing Value to Nature||p. 33|
|Ethics and Economics: The Common Good||p. 41|
|Invisible Hand?||p. 42|
|Economic and Ethical Issues||p. 43|
|Globalization and Economic Growth||p. 48|
|Green Economics||p. 54|
|Constructing and Testing Ethical Presumptions|
|Duty: Nature and Future Generations||p. 63|
|Doing Our Duty||p. 63|
|Right Action||p. 67|
|Commanded by God: Jews and Muslims||p. 70|
|Government, Land and Property||p. 73|
|Applying the Golden Rule||p. 76|
|Animals, Species, Ecosystems, and Landscapes||p. 80|
|Character: Ecological Virtues||p. 83|
|Being Good||p. 84|
|Children's Stories||p. 90|
|Christian Stewardship||p. 91|
|Virtues: Integrity, Gratitude, and Frugality||p. 97|
|Respecting and Appreciating Nature||p. 99|
|Relationships: Empathy and Integrity||p. 103|
|Empathy Is Natural||p. 104|
|Culture and Human Nature||p. 106|
|Deep Ecology||p. 111|
|Ecofeminism: A Social Ecology||p. 114|
|Ecological Integrity||p. 120|
|Rights: Humans and Animals?||p. 123|
|Human Rights Law||p. 124|
|Environmental Rights||p. 127|
|Animal Rights?||p. 131|
|A Rights Strategy||p. 138|
|Consequences: Predicting the Future||p. 143|
|Animal Suffering||p. 147|
|Cost-Benefit Analysis||p. 152|
|Biocentric Consequentialism||p. 155|
|Scientific Consequences||p. 159|
|Learning from Nature|
|Ecological Living: Sustainable Consumption||p. 169|
|Duty: To Reduce Our Consumption||p. 170|
|Character: Consumer Choices||p. 174|
|Relationships: Our Natural Community||p. 177|
|Rights: To a Healthy Environment||p. 181|
|Consequences: Sustainable Consumption||p. 184|
|Environmental Policy: Governments, Corporations, NGOs||p. 189|
|Governments: International and US Policies||p. 189|
|Corporations: Sustainable Practices||p. 194|
|Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs): Advocacy and Action||p. 200|
|Ethical Reasoning: Analysis||p. 206|
|Air and Water: A Healthy Environment||p. 211|
|The Earths Atmosphere||p. 211|
|Air: Pollution and Greenhouse Gases||p. 212|
|Water: Quality and Scarcity||p. 218|
|Economic Predictions: Shortsighted||p. 225|
|Agriculture: Land and Food||p. 231|
|Nature's Cycles||p. 232|
|Industrial Agriculture||p. 233|
|Poor Farmers||p. 240|
|Sustainable Farming||p. 243|
|Public Land: Adaptive Management||p. 251|
|Conservationists versus Preservationists||p. 251|
|National Forests and Parks||p. 254|
|Restoring Deserts and Wetlands||p. 258|
|Wildlife Reserves in Asia and Africa||p. 264|
|Ethical and Legal Presumptions||p. 268|
|Urban Ecology: Building Green||p. 271|
|The Built Environment||p. 272|
|Water and Waste||p. 278|
|Sustainable Cities||p. 280|
|Environmental Justice||p. 282|
|Climate Change: Global Warming||p. 293|
|The Carbon Cycle||p. 294|
|Predicting Consequences||p. 300|
|Taking Action||p. 311|
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