Reflecting on Nature: Readings in Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

Paperback | September 6, 2012

byLori Gruen, Dale Jamieson, Christopher Schlottmann

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Reflecting on Nature introduces readers to the fields of environmental philosophy and environmental ethics, offering both classic and current readings that focus on key themes - images of nature, ethics, justice, animals, food, climate, biodiversity, aesthetics and wilderness. It helpsstudents to focus on fundamental issues within environmental philosophy and offers succinct readings that explore the central tensions and problems within environmental philosophy. The thematic organization, paired with discussions of current environmental problems, encourages students to apply their course reading and discussion to real-life problems rather than purely theoretical topics. This second edition conserves the most important readings and insights of the firstedition, while updating the issues and readings in light of changes both in the intellectual climate and in the pattern of environmental concern. New to this edition are sections on animals, justice, food, aesthetics, and climate change. Discussion questions, introductions, and recommended readingsenrich its use as an undergraduate anthology. Reflecting on Nature is the perfect reader for those interested in how philosophy can help us to understand and respond to environmental issues.

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Reflecting on Nature introduces readers to the fields of environmental philosophy and environmental ethics, offering both classic and current readings that focus on key themes - images of nature, ethics, justice, animals, food, climate, biodiversity, aesthetics and wilderness. It helpsstudents to focus on fundamental issues within envi...

Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University. She has published widely in areas of practical ethics. Her most recent book is Ethics and Animals: An Introduction (2011). Dale Jamieson is Professor and Director of Environmental Studies, Professor of Phil...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:339 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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*=New to this EditionPreface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionSECTION I. IMAGES OF NATUREIntroductionLynn White Jr.: The Historical Roots of Our Ecological CrisisFrom GenesisAristotle: PhysicsAristotle: PoliticsJohn Locke: The Second Treatise of GovernmentCharles Darwin: On the Origin of SpeciesJohn Muir: Anthropocentrism and PredationAldo Leopold: The Land EthicHenry David Thoreau: WalkingJohn Stuart Mill: Principles of Political Economy: With Some of their Applications to Social PhilosophyJohn Stuart Mill: On Nature *Daniel Botkin: Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the Twenty-first CenturyVandana Shiva: Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and DevelopmentStephen Jay Gould: The Golden Rule - A Proper Scale for Our Environmental CrisisVal Plumwood: Being Prey *Arne Naess: The Basics of Deep Ecology *Rachel Carson: Silent Spring *SECTION II. ETHICS AND THE ENVIRONMENTIntroductionRichard Routley: Is There a Need for a New, an Environmental, Ethic? *Bernard Williams: Must a Concern for the Environment be Centered on Human Beings?Kenneth Goodpaster: On Being Morally ConsiderableRobert Elliot: Normative Ethics *Ronald Sandler: Environmental Virtue Ethics *Paul W. Taylor: Respect for Nature: A Theory of Environmental EthicsJ. Baird Callicott: Beyond the Land Ethic *SECTION III. JUSTICE AND THE ENVIRONMENTIntroductionPeter Singer: One Community *Brian Barry: Sustainability and Intergenerational Justice *Sheila Foster and Luke Cole: Environmental Racism *SECTION IV. ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENTIntroductionPeter Singer: All Animals are Equal . . . *Lori Gruen: The Moral Status of Animals *Mark Sagoff: Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics: Bad Marriage, Quick Divorce *Dale Jamieson: Animal Liberation is an Environmental Ethic *Tom Reagan: *Understanding Animal Rights Violence *SECTION V. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIESFoodWendell Berry: The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis of Agriculture *Jonathan Safran Foer: Eating Animals *Blake Hurst: The Omnivore's Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals *Peter Singer and Jim Mason: Ethics of What We Eat *Cora Diamond: Eating Meat and Eating People *Evelyn Pluhar: Meat and Morality: Alternatives to Factory Farming *WildernessJack Turner: The Abstract Wild *William Cronon: The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature *Ramachandra Guha: Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique *BiodiversityElliott Sober: Philosophical Problems for EnvironmentalismSahotra Sarkar: Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy *Holmes Rolston III: Biodiversity *Climate ChangeAnil Agarwal and Sunita Narain: Global Warming in an Unequal World *Stephen M. Gardiner: Ethics and Climate Change *Eric A. Posner and Cass R. Sunstein: Climate Change Justice *AestheticsJohn A. Fisher: Environmental Aesthetics *Allen Carleson: Nature and Positive Aesthetics *Ned Hettinger: Objectivity in Environmental Aesthetics and Protection of the Environment *