Environmental Ethics for Canadians

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Environmental Ethics for Canadians is a comprehensive introduction to the core ethical questions shaping contemporary environmental debates. A hybrid textbook and reader, this text combines classic essays with contemporary selections and case studies designed for students to fully engage withcurrent issues in environmental ethics.

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Environmental Ethics for Canadians is a comprehensive introduction to the core ethical questions shaping contemporary environmental debates. A hybrid textbook and reader, this text combines classic essays with contemporary selections and case studies designed for students to fully engage withcurrent issues in environmental ethics.

Byron Williston is associate professor of philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.85 inPublished:October 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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* Indicates commissioned articleIntroductionThe Nature of Moral AssessmentChallenges to Morality I: Ethical EgoismChallenges to Morality II: Ethical RelativismFour Normative TheoriesPart One: Moral Standing1. Animal WelfarismMoral Standing and SpeciesismPeter Singer: - "All Animals Are Equal"Beyond UtilitarianismProblems with Animal Welfarism and Animal CitizenshipSue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka: - "Animal Citizenship" * NEWCase Study: Sustainabilitarianism and Eating Beef2. BiocentrismRights for Living Things?Christopher Stone: - "Should Trees Have Standing? Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects"Biocentric EgalitarianismPaul W. Taylor: - "The Biocentric Outlook on Nature"Human Superiority and Inter-Species ConflictCase Study: Respect for Nature and the Mount Polley Mine Disaster NEW3. Ecocentrism and Deep EcologyThe Land EthicAldo Leopold: - "The Land Ethic"Going DeepArne Naess: - "Identification as a Source of Deep Ecological Attitudes"Three Objections and ResponsesCase Study: Tallgrass Prairie as an "Endangered Space"Part Two: Challenges and New Directions4. Economics and EcologyOptimal ThinkingWilliam F. Baxter: - "People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution"The Allure of Cost-Benefit AnalysisProblems with Cost-Benefit AnalysisDale Jamieson: - "Ethics, Public Policy, and Global Warming" * NEWCase Study: Aquaculture and the Economic Growth Imperative5. Environmental PragmatismTwo Problems with Intrinsic ValueValue Pluralism: Reclaiming the Land EthicAnthony Weston: - "Before Environmental Ethics"The Importance of Building ConsensusJennifer Welchman: - "Environmental Pragmatism" *Case Study: Protecting Canada's Freshwater Resource6. EcofeminismSexism and Naturism: Making the ConnectionKaren J. Warren: - "The Power and the Promise of Ecological Feminism"Overcoming DualismsEcofeminism NowPatricia Glazebrook: - "Ecofeminists Without Borders: The Power of Method" * NEWE ConclusionCase Study: Dioxin in Breast Milk and Women as Frontline Environmentalists7. Environmental AestheticsBeauty and Duty: Mapping the TerrainAllen Carlson: - "Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature and Environmentalism" *The Dispositive Character of Natural Beauty JudgmentsRonald Moore: - "The Moral Dimensions of Natural Beauty" *Aesthetic Weight and the Preservationist's DilemmaGlenn Parsons: - "Aesthetic Preservation" *Case Study: Nunavut and the Reciprocity Thesis8. First Nations' PerspectivesThe CircleGeorges Sioui: - "The Sacred Circle of Life"Confronting Myths of the Ecological AmerindianBruce Morito: - "The 'Ecological Indian' and Environmentalism" *Traditional Ecological KnowledgeCase Study: Language, Land, and the Residential Schools9. Environmental Virtue EthicsHuman Excellence and the EnvironmentThomas E. Hill, Jr.: - "Ideals of Human Excellence and Preserving Natural Environments"Epistemic Environmental VirtuesByron Williston: - "Epistemic Virtue and the Ecological Crisis" NEWTwo Objections and ResponsesCase Study: Three Canadian Environmentalist Exemplars10. Social Ecology and Environmental ActivismBookchin's Social EcologyThe Importance of Activism Nir Barak and Avner de-Shalit: - "Environmental Political Activism" * NEWThe Problem of DominationIntegrity and StewardshipLaura Westra: - "Ecological Integrity: Between Ethics and Law" * NEWCase Study: Fighting Hierarchy through Access to KnowledgePart Three: Environmental Issues11. Climate ChangeConfronting Climate Change DenialResponsibility for Climate ChangeMartin Schonfeld: - "American Disenlightenment, or Climate Change Made in the USA" * NEWThe Problem of Political InertiaStephen M. Gardiner: - "Saved by Disaster? Abrupt Climate Change, Political Inertia, and the Possibility of an Intergenerational Arms Race"Case Study: Canada, Climate Change, and Bullshit NEW12. Population and ConsumptionMalthus's ChallengeReverend Thomas Robert Malthus: - "An Essay on the Principle of Population"The Economist's RetortJulian Simon: - "Can the Supply of Natural Resources Really Be Infinite? Yes!"Peak Oil and the Tar SandsCase Study: Making Space for Grizzlies13. The Biodiversity CrisisSpecies or Individuals?The Nature of BiodiversityDavid Suzuki: - "The Power of Diversity"The Value of BiodiversityDavid Ehrenfeld: - "Why Put a Value on Biodiversity?"Species Preservation: The Challenge of Climate ChangeRonald L. Sandler: - "Global Climate Change and Species Preservation" * NEWCase Study: Biodiversity and the Decline of Pollinators NEW14. SustainabilitySustainability and Human NeedsRobert F. Litke: - "The Concept of 'Sustainability'" *Sustainability and SubstitutabilitySustainability and the CityIngrid Leman Stefanovic: - "Sustainability and Sense of Place" *Case Study: Nuclear Power: Unsustainable Train to the Future?

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"What I like about Environmental Ethics for Canadians is that it covers all the standard material that is covered in most other texts, but also includes some chapters that are novel and unexpected. I especially appreciated the chapters on aesthetics, sustainability, First Nations perspectivesand pragmatism." --Stephen F. Haller, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus