The Environment : Philosophy, Science, and Ethics, Hardback Book

The Environment : Philosophy, Science, and Ethics Hardback

Edited by William P. Kabasenche, Michael O'Rourke, Matthew H. Slater

Part of the Topics in Contemporary Philosophy series

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Original essays by leading scholars consider the environment from biological and ethical perspectives. Philosophical reflections on the environment began with early philosophers' invocation of a cosmology that mixed natural and supernatural phenomena.

Today, the central philosophical problem posed by the environment involves not what it can teach us about ourselves and our place in the cosmic order but rather how we can understand its workings in order to make better decisions about our own conduct regarding it.

The resulting inquiry spans different areas of contemporary philosophy, many of which are represented by the fifteen original essays in this volume. The contributors first consider conceptual problems generated by rapid advances in biology and ecology, examining such topics as ecological communities, adaptation, and scientific consensus.

The contributors then turn to epistemic and axiological issues, first considering philosophical aspects of environmental decision making and then assessing particular environmental policies (largely relating to climate change), including reparations, remediation, and nuclear power, from a normative perspective. ContributorsKatie McShane, Robert Brandon, Rachel Bryant, Michael Trestman, Brian Steverson, Denis Walsh, Lorraine Code, Jay Odenbaugh, Joseph Cannon, Mariam Thalos, Chrisoula Andreou, Clare Palmer, Ben Hale, Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Andrew Light

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 316 pages, 12 figures; 12 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
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  • Category: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9780262017404

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