Environmental Ethics, 5th Edition

  • Joseph R. Des Jardins College of Saint Benedict
  • ISBN-10: 1133049974  |  ISBN-13: 9781133049975
  • 304 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2001, 1997
  • © 2013 | Published
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How can you use the study of philosophy to make progress toward solving environmental problems? ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS, FIFTH EDITION introduces you to ethical theory in new and easily understood ways. But most of all, this environmental ethics textbook shows you how we can work together to build a better future.

Features and Benefits

  • This text includes sections on religion and environmental ethics, material on issues of population and consumption, discussion of ecofemnism, and a chapter on pragmatism and pluralism in moral theories.
  • Not limiting itself to abstract theoretical discussions, the book maintains a vigilant regard for public policy and uses cases and empirical data to help students arrive at real-world understandings and solutions.
  • Each chapter includes various tools to maintain student focus and prompt further explorations: an introductory essay and initial discussion questions followed up by end-of-chapter discussion questions and suggestions for further reading.
  • Concise, well-edited readings make this subject accessible to students with no philosophical background.

Table of Contents

1. Science, Ethics, and the Environment.
2. Ethical Theory and the Enivornment.
3. Ethics and Economics: Managing Public Lands
4. Responsibilities to Future Generations: Sustainable Development
5. Responsibilities to the Natural World: From Anthropocentric to Nonanthropocentric Ethics.
6. Biocentric Ethics and the Inherent Value of Life.
7. Wilderness, Ecology, and Ethics.
8. The Land Ethic.
9. Deep Ecology
10. Environmental Justice and Social Ecology.
11. Ecofeminism.
12. Pluralism, Pragmatism, and Sustainability.

What's New

  • The text has been updated throughout to reflect the emergence of new topics in the Environmental Ethics field.
  • Discussion Cases have been added or significantly revised to provide students with examples on contemporary environmental issues.
  • End of chapter Discussion Questions have been expanded so that they not only test comprehension but also ask student for more in depth analysis/argumentation.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text + Global Environmental Philosophy Watch Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1133803067  | ISBN-13: 9781133803065

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Printed Text + Global Environmental Philosophy Watch Instant Access Code

ISBN-10:  1133903444  | ISBN-13:  9781133903444

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ePack: eBook: Environmental Ethics + Global Environmental Philosophy Watch Instant Access Code

ISBN-10:  1285473914 | ISBN-13:  9781285473918

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"I have been using the text over a number of years now, so I am quite in favor of it. I think it illuminates many relevant issues very effectively through historic cases."

— Joseph Chartkoff, Michigan State University

"It is a very good introductory text that 'covers the waterfront' in a coherent systematic fashion."

— Patrick Walsh, University of Manitoba

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joseph R. Des Jardins

Joseph DesJardins (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is professor of philosophy at the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. He specializes in business ethics and environmental ethics and has also published Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics (Fifth Edition, Wadsworth, 2005) with John McCall.