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Environmental Ethics 5th Edition

Joseph R. Des Jardins

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2006, 2001, 1997
  • 304 Pages


ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS, FIFTH EDITION offers brief yet wide-ranging introduction to issues of environmental ethics and major schools of thought in the field. A discussion of basic concepts in ethical theory in Part I is followed by an application of these thoughts across a variety of major environmental problems (such as pollution, population, animals) in Part II. Part III introduces students to the major theories of environmental ethics in particular (including biocentrism, ecofeminism, and the land ethic). The final chapter offers a pragmatic approach to reconciling philosophical perspectives as a means to making progress in solving environmental problems.

Joseph R. Des Jardins, College of Saint Benedict

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781133967088
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