Environmental Justice: Creating Equality, Reclaiming Democracy

Paperback | September 30, 2005

byKristin Shrader-frechette

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Shrader-Frechette offers a rigorous philosophical discussion of environmental justice. Explaining fundamental ethical concepts such as equality, property rights, procedural justice, free informed consent, intergenerational equity, and just compensation--and then bringing them to bear onreal-world social issues--she shows how many of these core concepts have been compromised for a large segment of the global population, including Appalachians, African-Americans, workers in hazardous jobs, and indigenous people in developing nations. She argues that burdens like pollution andresource depletion need to be apportioned more equally, and that there are compelling ethical grounds for remedying our environmental problems. She also argues that those affected by environmental problems must be included in the process of remedying those problems; that all citizens have a duty toengage in activism on behalf of environmental justice; and that in a democracy it is the people, not the government, that are ultimately responsible for fair use of the environment.

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Shrader-Frechette offers a rigorous philosophical discussion of environmental justice. Explaining fundamental ethical concepts such as equality, property rights, procedural justice, free informed consent, intergenerational equity, and just compensation--and then bringing them to bear onreal-world social issues--she shows how many of th...

Kristin Shrader-Frechette is O'Neill Family Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:September 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195183576

ISBN - 13:9780195183573

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"This book is an example of precisely the type of practical ethics one hopes to see more of...The cases here aren't just illustrations of more general philosophical points--they're interesting in their own right. Very few philosophers, even those of us who do practical ethics, take the time towork through the details of cases in the way that Shrader-Frechette does in this book. It is a must-read for anyone interested in environmental justice and accessible enough that it would make a valuable addition to any undergraduate environmental ethics syllabus...a valuable contribution to theliterature."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews