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Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028661400
  • ISBN-13: 9780028661407
  • DDC: 179.1
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 1127 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released December 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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The field of environmental ethics is a new but now well-established sub-discipline of philosophy. Emerging in the mid-1970s, the field coalesced with the inaugural volume of the journal Environmental Ethics in 1979 and developed rapidly. By the turn of the century, most colleges and universities offered courses, if not major programs of study, in this important discipline. The Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy addresses the needs of upper high school students, undergraduate researchers, teachers and professors, as well as general readers by examining the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. More than 300 peer-reviewed articles cover concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including global warming, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage. Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy joins the suite of other Macmillan applied ethics titles: Encyclopedia of Bioethics and the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. Additional features include 200 photographs and illustrations, thematic outline, annotated bibliography, and a comprehensive index.

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    ISBN-10: 0028661370 | ISBN-13: 9780028661377


"These volumes are the first comprehensive, encyclopedic treatment of this set of ideas and observations. There is currently no better single source than this encyclopedia for the richness of the ethical debates in environmental studies, nor for the history of environmentalist ideas. This encyclopedia set is highly recommended for all libraries serving undergraduate, graduate, and professional readers, especially those with active environmental studies programs." --ARBA, 2009


"This relevant, authoritative, and impressively accessible two-volume encyclopedia covers the capacious and growing field of environmental philosophy. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers."--Choice, May 2009

— R. A. Sica, Jr.

"Environmental ethics first appeared on the scene in the 1970's perhaps prompted by a 1967 article in Science entitled "The Historic Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis." After the founding of the journal Environmental Ethics in 1979, it grew rapidly, with most colleges and universities offering courses or even majors by the end of the century. Some 250 scholars here contribute 300 articles complete with bibliographies on precursors like Rachel Carson and John Muir and on issues like biocentrism and vegetarianism." --Library Journal, April 2010

— R. A. Sica, Jr.

"Each entry includes a bibliography for futher reading. The text is augmented by some 200 photographs, illustrations, and sidebars. Appendices include an annotated bibliography, a glossary, and a collection of classic articles and documents. The volume also includes an index and a guide to entries by thematic subject."br>--Book News, February 2009

— R. A. Sica, Jr.

"Highly recommended for high school libraries with environmental studies courses and for public and university libraries." --Doug's Student Reference Room, March 2009

— R. A. Sica, Jr.

"The "dedisciplining" of environmental philosophy distinguishes this multifaceted work."--Booklist, January 2010

— R. A. Sica, Jr.