Understanding Environmental Philosophy

Acumen Publishing (2010)
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Environmental philosophy is one of the exciting new fields of philosophyto emerge in the last forty years. Understanding Environmental Philosophypresents a comprehensive, critical analysis of contemporary philosophicalapproaches to current ecological concerns. Key ideas are explained, placedin their broader cultural, religious, historical, political and philosophicalcontext, and their environmental policy implications are outlined. Centralideas and concepts about environmental value, individual wellbeing, ecological holism, and the metaphysics of nature set the stage for a discussion of how to establish moral rules and priorities and whether it is possible to transcend human-centred views of the world. The book includes an annotated guide to further reading, questions for discussion and revision, and boxed studies highlighting key concepts and theoretical material. A clear and accessible introduction to this most dynamic of subjects, Understanding Environmental Philosophy will be invaluable for a wide range of readers.

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