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    Re-Thinking the Unthinkable: Environmental Ethics and the Presumptive Argument Against Geoengineering.Christopher J. Preston - 2011 - Environmental Values 20 (4):457 - 479.
    The rapid rise in interest in geoengineering the climate as a response to global warming presents a clear and significant challenge to environmental ethics. The paper articulates what I call the 'presumptive argument' against geoengineering from environmental ethics, a presumption strong enough to make geoengineering almost 'unthinkable' from within that tradition. Two rationales for suspending that presumption are next considered. One of them is a 'lesser evil' argument, the other makes connections between the presumptive argument, ecofacism, and the anthropocentrism/non-anthropocentrism debate. (...)
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    Skewed Vulnerabilities and Moral Corruption in Global Perspectives on Climate Engineering.Wylie Carr & Christopher J. Preston - 2017 - Environmental Values 26 (6):757-777.
    Ethicists and social scientists alike have advocated for the inclusion of vulnerable populations in research and decision-making on climate engineering. Unfortunately, there have been few efforts to do so. The research presented in this paper was designed to build knowledge about how vulnerable populations think about climate engineering. The goal of this manuscript is to bring the ethics literature on climate engineering into dialogue with emerging social science data documenting the perspectives of vulnerable populations. The results indicate some concerns among (...)
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    Synthetic Biology: Drawing a Line in Darwin's Sand.Christopher J. Preston - 2008 - Environmental Values 17 (1):23-39.
    Maintaining the coherence of the distinction between nature and artefact has long been central to environmental thinking. By building genomes from scratch out of 'bio-bricks', synthetic biology promises to create biotic artefacts markedly different from anything created thus far in biotechnology. These new biotic artefacts depart from a core principle of Darwinian natural selection – descent through modification – leaving them with no causal connection to historical evolutionary processes. This departure from the core principle of Darwinism presents a challenge to (...)
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    Carbon Emissions, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, and Unintended Harms.Christopher J. Preston - 2017 - Ethics and International Affairs 31 (4):479-493.
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  5. Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management.Christopher J. Preston (ed.) - 2012 - Lexington Books.
    Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management is a wide-ranging and expert analysis of the ethics of the intentional management of solar radiation. This book will be a useful tool for policy-makers, a provocation for ethicists, and an eye-opening analysis for both the scientist and the general reader with interest in climate change.
     
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    Beyond the End of Nature: SRM and Two Tales of Artificity for the Anthropocene.Christopher J. Preston - 2012 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 15 (2):188 - 201.
    Ethics, Policy & Environment, Volume 15, Issue 2, Page 188-201, June 2012.
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    Climate Engineering and the Cessation Requirement: The Ethics of a Life-Cycle.Christopher J. Preston - 2016 - Environmental Values 25 (1):91-107.
    Much of the work on the ethics of climate engineering over the last few years has focused on the front-end of the potential timeline for climate intervention. Topics have included the initial taboo on bringing the discussion of climate engineering into the open, guidelines to put in place before commencing research, and governance arrangements before first deployment. While this work is clearly important, the current paper considers what insights can be gleaned from considering the tail-end, that is, by using the (...)
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  8. Climate Justice and Geoengineering: Ethics and Policy in the Atmospheric Anthropocene.Christopher J. Preston (ed.) - 2016 - Rowman & Littlefield International.
    A collection of original and innovative essays that compare the justice issues raised by climate engineering to the justice issues raised by competing approaches to solving the climate problem.
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  9. Climate Justice and Geoengineering: Ethics and Policy in the Atmospheric Anthropocene.Christopher J. Preston (ed.) - 2016 - Rowman & Littlefield International.
    A collection of original and innovative essays that compare the justice issues raised by climate engineering to the justice issues raised by competing approaches to solving the climate problem.
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    Gender and Geoengineering.Holly Jean Buck, Andrea R. Gammon & Christopher J. Preston - 2014 - Hypatia 29 (3):651-669.
    Geoengineering has been broadly and helpfully defined as “the intentional manipulation of the earth's climate to counteract anthropogenic climate change or its warming effects” (Corner and Pidgeon , 26). Although there exists a rapidly growing literature on the ethics of geoengineering, very little has been written about its gender dimensions. The authors consider four contexts in which geoengineering appears to have important gender dimensions: (1) the demographics of those pushing the current agenda, (2) the overall vision of control it involves, (...)
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    Challenges and Opportunities for Understanding Non-Economic Loss and Damage.Christopher J. Preston - 2017 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 20 (2):143-155.
    A decision was made at the UNFCCC, COP-18 meeting in Doha in 2012 to create a work programme on loss and damage. Part of this programme was to include the production of a technical paper to enhance the general understanding of non-economic losses from climate change. The following article looks carefully at that paper in order to discover whether it provides an adequate conceptual understanding of non-economic losses. Several shortcomings of the paper’s conceptualization of these losses are identified. An alternative (...)
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    Epistemology and Intrinsic Values: Norton and Callicott’s Critiques of Rolston.Christopher J. Preston - 1998 - Environmental Ethics 20 (4):409-428.
    Debates over the existence of intrinsic value have long been central to professional environmental ethics. Holmes Rolston, III’s version of intrinsic value is, perhaps, the most well known. Recently, powerful critiques leveled by Bryan G. Norton and J. Baird Callicott have suggested that there is an epistemological problem with Rolston’s account. In this paper, I argue first that the debates over intrinsic value are as pertinent now as they have ever been. I then explain the objections that Norton and Callicott (...)
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  13. Climate Justice and Geoengineering: Ethics and Policy in the Anthropocene.Christopher J. Preston (ed.) - 2016 - Rowman & Littlefield International.
    A collection of original and innovative essays that compare the justice issues raised by climate engineering to the justice issues raised by competing approaches to solving the climate problem.
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    Framing an Ethics of Climate Management for the Anthropocene.Christopher J. Preston - 2015 - Climatic Change 130 (3):359–369.
    In addition to carbon dioxide, it is becoming increasingly clear that there are numerous other potent agents of anthropogenic forcing (e.g. methane, ozone, black carbon) at work in the climate system today. The typical ethical framing of climate change has not yet accommodated this complexity. In addition, geoengineering has often been presented as a Plan B that would simply counter unintentional (and positive) anthropogenic forcing with intentional (and negative) anthropogenic forcing. This paper attempts to better address the complexity by outlining (...)
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    The Promise and Threat of Nanotechnology: Can Environmental Ethics Guide US?Christopher J. Preston - 2005 - Hyle 11 (1):19 - 44.
    The growing presence of the products of nanotechnology in the public domain raises a number of ethical questions. This paper considers whether existing environmental ethics can provide some guidance on these questions. After a brief discussion of the appropriateness of an environmental ethics framework for the task at hand, the paper identifies a representative environmental ethic and uses it to evaluate four salient issues that emerge from nanotechnology. The discussion is intended both to give an initial theoretical take on nanotechnology (...)
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    The Novelty of Nano and the Regulatory Challenge of Newness.Christopher J. Preston, Maxim Y. Sheinin, Denyse J. Sproat & Vimal P. Swarup - 2010 - NanoEthics 4 (1):13-26.
    A great deal has been made of the question of whether nano-materials provide a unique set of ethical challenges. Equally important is the question of whether they provide a unique set of regulatory challenges. In the last 18 months, the US Environmental Protection Agency has begun the process of trying to meet the regulatory challenge of nano using the Toxic Substances Control Act (1976)(TSCA). In this central piece of legislation, ‘newness’ is a critical concept. Current EPA policy, we argue, does (...)
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    The Novelty of Nano and the Regulatory Challenge of Newness.Christopher J. Preston, Maxim Y. Sheinin, Denyse J. Sproat & Vimal P. Swarup - 2010 - NanoEthics 4 (1):13-26.
    A great deal has been made of the question of whether nano-materials provide a unique set of ethical challenges. Equally important is the question of whether they provide a unique set of regulatory challenges. In the last 18 months, the US Environmental Protection Agency has begun the process of trying to meet the regulatory challenge of nano using the Toxic Substances Control Act (1976)(TSCA). In this central piece of legislation, ‘newness’ is a critical concept. Current EPA policy, we argue, does (...)
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    Moral Turbulence and Geoengineering: A Lingering Hazard From the Perfect Moral Storm.Christopher J. Preston - 2013 - Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche 3 (1).
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    Pluralism and Naturalism: Why the Proliferation of Theories is Good for the Mind.Christopher J. Preston - 2005 - Philosophical Psychology 18 (6):715 – 735.
    A number of those that have advocated for theoretical pluralism in epistemology suggest that naturalistic arguments from cognitive science can support their case. Yet these theorists have traditionally faced two pressing needs. First, they have needed a cognitive science adequate to the task. Second, they have needed a bridge between whatever scientific account of cognition they favor and the normative claims of a pluralistic epistemology. Both of these challenges are addressed below in an argument for theoretical pluralism that brings together (...)
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    Public Health and Environmentalism: Adding Garbarge to the History of Environmental Ethics.Christopher J. Preston & Steven H. Corey - 2005 - Environmental Ethics 27 (1):3-21.
    There exists in the United States a popular account of the historical roots of environmental philosophy which is worth noting not simply as a matter of historical interest, but also as a source book for some of the key ideas that lend shape to contemporary North American environmental philosophy. However, this folk wisdom about the historical beginnings of North American environmental thinking is incomplete. The wilderness-based history commonly used by environmental philosophers should be supplemented with the neglected story of garbage (...)
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    Book Review: Linda McDowell. Gender, Place, and Identity: Understanding Feminist Geographies. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999. [REVIEW]Christopher J. Preston - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (1):219-222.
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    Gender, Place, and Identity: Understanding Feminist Geographies.Christopher J. Preston - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (1):219-222.
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    Book Review: Linda McDowell. Gender, Place, and Identity: Understanding Feminist Geographies. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999. [REVIEW]Christopher J. Preston - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (1):219-222.
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    Conversing with Nature in a Postmodern Epistemological Framework.Christopher J. Preston - 2000 - Environmental Ethics 22 (3):227-240.
    In a recent contribution to this journal, Jim Cheney argues for a postmodern epistemological framework that supports a conception of inquiry as a kind of “conversation” with nature. I examine how Cheney arrives at this metaphor and consider why it might be an appealing one for environmental philosophers. I note how, in the absence of an animistic account of nature, this metaphor turns out to be problematic. A closer examination of the postmodern insights that Cheney employs reveals that it is (...)
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    Conversing with Nature in a Postmodern Epistemological Framework.Christopher J. Preston - 2000 - Environmental Ethics 22 (3):227-240.
    In a recent contribution to this journal, Jim Cheney argues for a postmodern epistemological framework that supports a conception of inquiry as a kind of “conversation” with nature. I examine how Cheney arrives at this metaphor and consider why it might be an appealing one for environmental philosophers. I note how, in the absence of an animistic account of nature, this metaphor turns out to be problematic. A closer examination of the postmodern insights that Cheney employs reveals that it is (...)
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    De-Extinction and Taking Control of Earth's “Metabolism”.Christopher J. Preston - 2017 - Hastings Center Report 47 (S2):S37-S42.
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    Epistemology and Environmental Philosophy: The Epistemic Significance of Place.Christopher J. Preston - 2005 - Ethics and the Environment 10 (2):1-4.
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    Epistemology and Environmental Philosophy:The Epistemic Significance of Place.Christopher J. Preston - 2005 - Ethics and the Environment 10 (2):1-4.
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  29. Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management.Christopher J. Preston (ed.) - 2012 - Lexington Books.
    Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management is a wide-ranging and expert analysis of the ethics of the intentional management of solar radiation. This book will be a useful tool for policy-makers, a provocation for ethicists, and an eye-opening analysis for both the scientist and the general reader with interest in climate change.
     
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  30. Grounding Knowledge Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, and Place.Christopher J. Preston - 2003
     
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    Moral Knowledge: Real and Grounded in Place.Christopher J. Preston - 2009 - Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (2):175 – 186.
    Recent work in ethics and epistemology argues that physical surroundings have normative force. The ideas of 'grounding knowledge' and 'real ethics' provide an important way to understand sense of place. This paper uses this work to argue that there is a moral structure to material culture, and that the existence of this moral structure makes it necessary for us to pay attention to the epistemic import of the physical environments we create and live in. Since environments are thick with moral (...)
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    Philosophy and Geography.Christopher J. Preston - 2000 - Environmental Ethics 22 (2):215-218.
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    Philosophy and Geography I: Space, Place, and Environmental Ethics. [REVIEW]Christopher J. Preston - 2000 - Environmental Ethics 22 (2):215-218.
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    Philosophical Clarity and Real-World Debate.Christopher J. Preston - 2014 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 17 (2):139-142.
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    Restoring Misplaced Epistemology.Christopher J. Preston - 2005 - Ethics, Place and Environment 8 (3):373 – 384.
  36. Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston III.Christopher J. Preston - 2009
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    The Multiple Anthropocenes: Toward Fracturing a Totalizing Discourse.Christopher J. Preston - 2015 - Environmental Ethics 37 (3):307-320.
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    Wayne Ouderkirkand Christopher J. Preston.Christopher J. Preston - 2007 - In Christopher J. Preston and Wayne Ouderkirk (ed.), Nature, Value, Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston, Iii. Springer. pp. 8.
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