The Environment
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From Topics in Contemporary Philosophy

The Environment

Philosophy, Science, and Ethics

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

Original essays by leading scholars consider the environment from biological and ethical perspectives.

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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.

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

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$40.00 S | £30.00 ISBN: 9780262017404 316 pp. | 9 in x 6 in 12 figures

Editors

William P. Kabasenche

William P. Kabasenche is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University.

Michael O'Rourke

Michael O'Rourke is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University.

Matthew H. Slater

Matthew H. Slater is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Bucknell University.

Reviews

  • The Environment is a helpful tool…It presents fifteen essays covering an impressive array of subjects related to the environment – all interesting, all relevant…a great starting point for any professional philosopher interested in the environment…a necessary reminder that all of us, whatever our philosophical specialty, have something to contribute to the cause.

    Kendy M. Hess

    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

  • A must-read for anyone trying to enter the controversy over the role of philosophy in solving the environmental crisis….deserves to be read by policy makers….a valuable set of foundational ideas, with practical implications.

    Metascience