Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works

Danny Shahar

Oxford University Press

From the publisher:
Significantly revised in this third edition, Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works examines morality from an environmental perspective. Featuring accessible selections--from classic articles to examples of cutting-edge original research--it addresses both theory and practice.

Asking what really matters, the first section of the book explores the abstract ideas of human value and value in nature. The second section turns to the question of what really works--what it would take to solve our real-world environmental problems. Moving beyond the "hype," it presents authoritative essays on applying environmental ethics to the issues that matter right now. The selections present philosophical, biological, and socially scientific approaches to the major issues. Environmental Ethics also features first-hand descriptions from people who have actually been involved in wildlife and conservation initiatives.

"Environmental Ethics is the highest quality textbook/collection for foundational environmental ethics courses available. It has all of the foundational views/essays that are core to the discipline, while also offering a good breadth of topical coverage on issues relevant to anyone living on planet earth!"--Lauren Hartzell Nichols, University of Washington

"This text does not stop at the philosophical; it applies these theories, meaning that readers will feel empowered to intervene and act upon environmental problems. As such, it is a site where theory meets practice."--Stephanie Rutherford, Trent University

"Environmental Ethics balances theory, problem, and policy exceedingly well. For a first course in environmental ethics, where students come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplinary orientations, this is crucial."--Kenneth Shockley, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

"The section on ecofeminism is one of the strongest I've seen in an introductory textbook."--Brad Wilburn, Chadron State College

Third Edition

  • Balances theory and practice/policy with a two-part structure: Part I, "What Really Matters" and Part II, "What Really Works"
  • Incorporates both classic and cutting-edge readings, including several custom-written articles
  • Offers guidance in the form of chapter-opening "Questions for Reflection and Discussion," which provide brief summaries and open questions for further analysis and class discussion

New to this Edition:

  • A total of forty articles not found in the previous edition, including work by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gifford Pinchot, Rachel Carson, and Roderick Frazier Nash
  • Coverage of classic philosophical perspectives from Thomas Aquinas, Immanuel Kant, Jeremy Bentham, and John Stuart Mill
  • A new opening chapter, "How We Got Here," which explores the history of environmental thought and the emergence of environmental concern
  • New chapters, including Ch. 6: Wilderness, Ch. 12: Food, Ch. 13: Being a Citizen of the World, and Ch. 14: Caring for the Climate
  • An expanded treatment of climate change, including two new contributions written especially for this volume
  • New selections on cost-benefit analysis, environmental virtue ethics, urban ecology, and conservation in less-developed countries
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