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Environmental Ethics

An Overview for theTwenty-First Century

Robin Attfield

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In this clear, concise, comprehensively revised and up-to-date introduction to environmental ethics, Robin Attfield guides the student through the key issues and debates in this field in ways that will also be of interest to a wide range of scholars and researchers.
The book introduces environmental problems and environmental ethics and surveys theories of the sources of the problems. Attfield also puts forward his own original contribution to the debates, advocating biocentric consequentialism among theories of normative ethics and defending objectivism in meta-ethics. The possibilities of ethical consumerism and investment are discussed, and the nature and basis of responsibilities for future generations in such areas as sustainable development are given detailed consideration. Attfield adopts an inclusive, cosmopolitan perspective in discussions of global ethics and citizenship, and illustrates his argument with a discussion of global warming, mitigation, adaptation and global justice.
The revised edition features a new chapter on climate change, new treatments of animal issues, ecofeminism, environmental aesthetics, invasion biology and virtue ethics, and new applications of the precautionary principle to fisheries, genetic engineering and synthetic biology. The glossary and bibliography have been updated to assist understanding of these themes.
The text uses a range of devices to aid understanding, such as summaries of key issues, and guides to further reading and relevant websites. It has been written particularly with a view to the needs of students taking courses in environmental ethics, and will be of interest to students and scholars of philosophy, ethics, geography, religion and environmental studies.

Robin Attfield is Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 278
Erscheinungsdatum 14.02.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-7456-5253-5
Verlag John Wiley & Sons Inc
Maße (L/B/H) 15.1/2/2.5 cm
Gewicht 438 g
Auflage 2. Auflage


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  • Acknowledgements

    List Of Abbreviations

    Author's Preface

    1. Environmental Problems And Humanity

    Introduction: Environmental Problems And The Global Environment

    Local And Global Environmental Problems

    Animal Welfarism And Environmentalism

    Theories Of Value

    Environmental Ethics And Its Neighbours

    Theories Of The Genesis Of The Problems

    Human Stewardship Of Nature

    But Is Caring About The Environment Really Possible?

    2. Some Central Debates

    Dominion And Stewardship

    A Recent Critique

    The Emergence Of Environmental Ethics In The Early 1970s

    Holism, Anthropocentrism And Biocentrism Compared

    Biocentric Consequentialism

    Alternative Theories

    Meta-Ethical Debates

    3. Some Critiques Of Environmental Ethics

    Environmental Ethics, Motivation And The Good Life

    There Is More To Ethics Than These Promising Approaches Allow

    There Is More To Human Motivation Too

    Can Environmental Ethics Make A Difference?

    Can Values Contribute To Change?

    Does A Consequentialist Environmental Ethic Have Unacceptable Implications?

    Would Biocentric Consequentialism Preserve Enough Species?

    4. Taking The Future Seriously

    The Scope And Limits Of Future-Related Responsibilities

    Some Bases For Future-Related Responsibilities

    Some Grounds For Restricting Future-Related Responsibilities

    Restricting Future-Related Responsibilities By Discounting

    Do Human Interests And Environmental Responsibilities Converge?

    Saving The Future From Environmental Injustice

    Representing The Future In Present Decision-Making

    5. Sustainable Development, Population And Precaution

    The Concept Of Sustainable Development

    Debates About Sustainable Development

    Sustainable Development And The Debate About Sustainability

    Sustainable Development Policies And Sustainable Development

    Population, Neo-Malthusianism, Justice And Sustainability

    The Precautionary Principle

    Sustainable Development And Liberal Democracy

    6. The Global Community And Global Citizenship

    Global Citizenship And A Cosmopolitan Ethic

    Varieties Of Global Citizenship And Cosmopolitan Ethic

    The Common Heritage Of Humankind

    Issues Of Global Governance

    Global Warming: Principles For A Possible Agreement

    Global Problems, Global Ethics And Global Decision-Making

    7. The Ethics of Climate Change

    Glossary Of Key Terms