Doing Environmental Ethics

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2012-07-31
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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.

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Ethics and Science
Moral Philosophy: An Adventure in Reasoningp. 3
Right and Goodp. 4
Reasoning about Our Feelingsp. 7
Environmental Ethicsp. 11
Learning from Diverse Theoriesp. 13
Doing Ethics Togetherp. 16
Questionsp. 20
Ethics and Science: Moral Considerationp. 21
What We Know and Can't Knowp. 22
An Evolving Theory of Evolutionp. 24
Ecosystems and Emergent Propertiesp. 29
Ascribing Value to Naturep. 33
Questionsp. 39
Ethics and Economics: The Common Goodp. 41
Invisible Hand?p. 42
Economic and Ethical Issuesp. 43
Globalization and Economic Growthp. 48
Green Economicsp. 54
Questionsp. 60
Constructing and Testing Ethical Presumptions
Duty: Nature and Future Generationsp. 63
Doing Our Dutyp. 63
Right Actionp. 67
Commanded by God: Jews and Muslimsp. 70
Government, Land and Propertyp. 73
Applying the Golden Rulep. 76
Animals, Species, Ecosystems, and Landscapesp. 80
Questionsp. 82
Character: Ecological Virtuesp. 83
Being Goodp. 84
Children's Storiesp. 90
Christian Stewardshipp. 91
Virtues: Integrity, Gratitude, and Frugalityp. 97
Respecting and Appreciating Naturep. 99
Questionsp. 102
Relationships: Empathy and Integrityp. 103
Empathy Is Naturalp. 104
Culture and Human Naturep. 106
Deep Ecologyp. 111
Ecofeminism: A Social Ecologyp. 114
Ecological Integrityp. 120
Questionsp. 122
Rights: Humans and Animals?p. 123
Human Rights Lawp. 124
Environmental Rightsp. 127
Animal Rights?p. 131
A Rights Strategyp. 138
Questionsp. 142
Consequences: Predicting the Futurep. 143
Utilitarianismp. 143
Animal Sufferingp. 147
Cost-Benefit Analysisp. 152
Biocentric Consequentialismp. 155
Scientific Consequencesp. 159
Questionsp. 162
Worksheetp. 163
Learning from Nature
Ecological Living: Sustainable Consumptionp. 169
Duty: To Reduce Our Consumptionp. 170
Character: Consumer Choicesp. 174
Relationships: Our Natural Communityp. 177
Rights: To a Healthy Environmentp. 181
Consequences: Sustainable Consumptionp. 184
Questionsp. 188
Environmental Policy: Governments, Corporations, NGOsp. 189
Governments: International and US Policiesp. 189
Corporations: Sustainable Practicesp. 194
Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs): Advocacy and Actionp. 200
Ethical Reasoning: Analysisp. 206
Questionsp. 209
Air and Water: A Healthy Environmentp. 211
The Earths Atmospherep. 211
Air: Pollution and Greenhouse Gasesp. 212
Water: Quality and Scarcityp. 218
Economic Predictions: Shortsightedp. 225
Questionsp. 229
Agriculture: Land and Foodp. 231
Nature's Cyclesp. 232
Industrial Agriculturep. 233
Poor Farmersp. 240
Sustainable Farmingp. 243
Questionsp. 249
Public Land: Adaptive Managementp. 251
Conservationists versus Preservationistsp. 251
National Forests and Parksp. 254
Restoring Deserts and Wetlandsp. 258
Rainforestsp. 261
Wildlife Reserves in Asia and Africap. 264
Ethical and Legal Presumptionsp. 268
Questionsp. 269
Urban Ecology: Building Greenp. 271
The Built Environmentp. 272
Transportationp. 275
Water and Wastep. 278
Sustainable Citiesp. 280
Environmental Justicep. 282
Consequencesp. 285
Questionsp. 290
Climate Change: Global Warmingp. 293
The Carbon Cyclep. 294
Responsibilityp. 295
Predicting Consequencesp. 300
Taking Actionp. 311
Questionsp. 314
Notesp. 315
Bibliographyp. 367
Indexp. 375
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