In Natures Interests?: Interests, Animal Rights, and Environmental Ethics

Paperback | March 15, 2002

byGary E. Varner

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This book offers a powerful response to what Varner calls the "two dogmas of environmental ethics"--the assumptions that animal rights philosophies and anthropocentric views are each antithetical to sound environmental policy. Allowing that every living organism has interests which ought,other things being equal, to be protected, Varner contends that some interests take priority over others. He defends both a sentientist principle giving priority to the lives of organisms with conscious desires and an anthropocentric principle giving priority to certain very inclusive interestswhich only humans have. He then shows that these principles not only comport with but provide significant support for environmental goals.

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This book offers a powerful response to what Varner calls the "two dogmas of environmental ethics"--the assumptions that animal rights philosophies and anthropocentric views are each antithetical to sound environmental policy. Allowing that every living organism has interests which ought,other things being equal, to be protected, Varne...

Gary E. Varner is at Texas A and M University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:164 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.51 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Varner's attempt to answer the question, "Can animal rights activists be environmentalists?" in the affirmative contributes to a debate of increasing importance...Varner's sophisticated contributions to an Apollonian answer will repay the attention of all who have an interest in the deeperdilemmas, both theoretical and practical, of environmental ethics."--Ethics