Ecological Ethics

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-08-29
  • Publisher: Polity Pr

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In this thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the highly successful Ecological Ethics, Patrick Curry shows that a new and truly ecological ethic is both possible and urgently needed. With this distinctive proposition in mind, Curry introduces and discusses all the major concepts needed to understand the full range of ecological ethics. He discusses light green or anthropocentric ethics with the examples of stewardship, lifeboat ethics, and social ecology; the mid-green or intermediate ethics of animal liberation/rights; and dark or deep green ecocentric ethics. Particular attention is given to the Land Ethic, the Gaia Hypothesis and Deep Ecology and its offshoots: Deep Green Theory, Left Biocentrism and the Earth Manifesto. Ecofeminism is also considered and attention is paid to the close relationship between ecocentrism and virtue ethics. Other chapters discuss green ethics as post-secular, moral pluralism and pragmatism, green citizenship, and human population in the light of ecological ethics. In this new edition, all these have been updated and joined by discussions of climate change, sustainable economies, education, and food from an ecocentric perspective. This comprehensive and wide-ranging textbook offers a radical but critical introduction to the subject which puts ecocentrism and the critique of anthropocentrism back at the top of the ethical, intellectual and political agenda. It will be of great interest to students and activists, and to a wider public.

Author Biography

Patrick Curry is an honorary research lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity St David.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
This Book
An Initial Example
Looking Ahead
Value and Nature
Ethics and Grub
What's New?
Transparency and Responsibility
2 The Earth in Crisis
The Signs
Analysing Ecocrisis
Science and Technology
3 Ethics
What is Ethics?
Realism vs. Relativism
The Naturalistic Fallacy
Religious Ethics
Secular Ethics
4 Three Schools of Ethics
Deontology (‘Rights')
Consequentialism (‘Effects')
Virtue Ethics
A Green Virtue Ethic
5 Value
Some Issues
6 Light Green or Shallow (Anthropocentric) Ethics
What is a Light Green Ethic?
Lifeboat Ethics
7 Mid-Green or Intermediate Ethics
Animal Liberation
Animal Rights
Animals and Us
Wild Animals
Domestic Animals
On (Not) Eating Animals: the Options
8 Dark Green or Deep (Ecocentric) Ethics
A Suggested DeÞnition
The Land Ethic
Gaia Theory
Deep Ecology
Deep Green Theory
Left Biocentrism
Ecocentrism and the Left
The Earth Manifesto
9 Ecofeminism
10 Deep Green Ethics as Post-Secular
Dogmatic Secularism
An Ecocentric Spirituality
Green Buddhism?
11 Moral Pluralism and Pragmatism
The Poverty of Monism
The Consequences of Pluralism
12 Green Citizenship and Education
Making it Real
A Long Revolution?
Ecological Education
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Ecological Republicanism
A Note on Wisdom
13 Grounding Ecological Ethics
The Food System
On Malthus
Climate Change
Wind Power and Energy
Nuclear Energy
Carbon Trading and Ecosystem Services: the New Gods of the Market
The Limits to Growth
A Left Ecocentric Guide to Capitalism
Movements in the Right Direction
14 Human Overpopulation
The Problem
Analysing Overpopulation
Taking on the Arguments about Overpopulation
Climate Change Again
Overpopulation and Ecocentrism
15 Postscript

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