The Environment Between Theory and Practice

Paperback | February 15, 2000

byAvner De-shalit

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Why is there a gap between the questions that environmental philosophers discuss and the issues that motivate environmental activists? The author attempts to bridge this gap by combining tools of political philosophy with questions of environmental ethics and politics. He defends a radicalposition in relations to environmental protection and social policies in order to put forward a political theory, which is not only philosophically sound, but also relevant to the practice of environmental activism. He argues that attempts to find 'independent' values in nature can be at odds withthe contemporary political debates surrounding environmental politics. In the second half of the book, the author examines the environmental scope of several key political ideologies: liberalism, communitarianism, participatory democracy, and socialism.

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Why is there a gap between the questions that environmental philosophers discuss and the issues that motivate environmental activists? The author attempts to bridge this gap by combining tools of political philosophy with questions of environmental ethics and politics. He defends a radicalposition in relations to environmental protecti...

Avner de-Shalit Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Associate Fellow of Oxford Centre for Philosophy and the Environment, Mansfield, College, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199240388

ISBN - 13:9780199240388

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IntroductionPart I: Why hasn't environmental philosophy had an impact on policies?1. The social role of the philosopher and the philosophical role of society2. Where philosophy meets politics: the concept of the environmentPart II: Protecting the environment: from meta-ethics to political theory3. Is liberalism environment friendly?4. The community of nature and the nature of community5. Democracy and the environment: a radical theory of participation6. Socialism and the environment.Summary: from theory to practice

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`this fine contribution to ecological political theory'John S. Dryzek, American Political Science Review, Vol 95, No 1, March 2001