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Environmental Philosophy: A Revaluation of Cosmopolitan Ethics from an Ecocentric Standpoint calls for a new approach to ethics. Starting from the necessity for all life of air, water, and food, the book revalues the relation of ethics and environmentalism. Using insights of the environmental ethicists, environmental ethics becomes the model for ethics as a whole. Humans are part of a larger environment. Cosmopolitanism should be revised in accord with environmental ethics. The book applies a new theory of values to the relation of value and obligation, and of duty, rights and virtue, to accord with ecocentrism. The book also critically evaluates Utilitarianism and the self interest theory. Other chapters address population, species preservation and a practical program for environmental policy.
Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter One: Toward A Deontological Environmental Ethic Chapter Two: Rethinking Cosmopolitan Ethics Chapter Three: Cosmopolitan Virtue: A Critical Evaluation Of A Generation Chapter Five: Value And Obligation Chapter Six: Rational Self-Interest, An Oxymoron Chapter Seven: Population: A Critical Evaluation Of The “Right” T O Unlimited Chapter Eight: In Defense Of Species Chapter Nine: The Virtues Of Thrift Chapter Ten: The Culture Of Death Chapter Eleven: Practical Program For Implementing The Environmental Epilogue: Environmental Philosophy As A System: From Environmental Ethics To Environmental Philosophy Appendix: Rare, Threatened And Endangered: Reflections Upon The Categories Of Botanical Scarcity Notes Bibliography About the Author Index
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