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The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics (Topics in Contemporary Philosophy)

The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics (Topics in Contemporary Philosophy)

Current price: $9.99
Publication Date: April 27th, 2012
Publisher:
MIT Press
ISBN:
9780262017404
Pages:
307
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Description

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.

Contributors
Katie 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

About the Author

William P. Kabasenche is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University. Michael O'Rourke is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Idaho. Matthew H. Slater is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Bucknell University. O'Rourke and Slater are coeditors of the previous volume in the Topics in Contemporary Philosophy series, Carving Nature at Its Joints: Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science.