The Ethics of Environmental Concern
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The Ethics of Environmental Concern

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Pages: 280

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 12/01/1991

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1344-3

List Price: $29.95

The Ethics of Environmental Concern

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First published in 1983, The Ethics of Environmental Concern has become a classic in the relatively new field of environmental ethics. Examining traditional attitudes toward nature, and the degree to which these attitudes enable us to cope with modern ecological problems, Robin Attfield looks particularly at the Judeo-Christian heritage of belief in humankind's dominion, the tradition of stewardship, and the more recent belief in progress to determine the extent to which these attitudes underlie ecological problems and how far they embody resources adequate for combating such problems. He then examines concerns of applied ethics and considers our obligations to future generations, the value of life, and the moral standing and significance of nonhumans. Simultaneously, he offers and defends a theory of moral principles appropriate for dealing with such concerns as pollution, scarce natural resources, population growth, and the conservation and preservation of the environment.

The second edition includes a new preface and introduction, as well as a bibliographic essay and an updated list of references incorporating relevant scholarship since the publication of the first edition.

A welcome scholarly contribution . . . Not only philosophers but also natural and social scientists working on interdisciplinary environmental problems will benefit from reading the book.

Environmental Professional

In this genre Attfield's study must be a front runner for an environmental Oscar. He successfully combines and interweaves philosophical argument with historical evaluation in an interesting and thought-provoking way, which loses nothing in depth of thought by being accessible to the ordinary non-specialist reader.

Third Way

About the Author/Editor

ROBIN ATTFIELD is a professor of philosophy at Cardiff University, where he has taught since 1968. He has addressed World Congresses of Philosophy at Montreal, Brighton, and Boston and UNESCO conferences at Kuala Lumpur, Beirut, and Paris. He is the author of Value, Obligation, and Meta-Ethics; The Ethics of the Global Environment; and Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-first Century.