Allen Thompson's The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (Oxford Handbooks)
We live during a crucial period of human History
on Earth. Anthropogenic environmental changes are occurring on global Scales
at unprecedented rates. Despite a long History
of environmental intervention, never before has the collective impact of human behaviors threatened all of the major bio-systems on the planet. Decisions we make today will have significant consequences for the Basic
conditions of all life into the indefinite future. What should we do? How should we behave? In what ways ought we organize and respond? The Future
of the World
as we know it depends on our actions today.
A cutting-edge introduction to environmental Ethics
in a Time
of dramatic global environmental change, this collection contains forty-five newly commissioned articles, with contributions from well-established experts and emerging voices in the field. Chapters are arranged in topical sections: social contexts (history, science, economics, law, and the Anthropocene), who or what is of value (humanity, conscious animals, living individuals, and wild nature), the nature of value (truth and goodness, practical reasons, hermeneutics, phenomenology, and aesthetics), how things ought to matter (consequences, duty and obligation, character traits, caring for others, and the sacred), essential concepts (responsibility, justice, gender, rights, ecological space, risk and precaution, citizenship, Future
generations, and sustainability), key Issues
(pollution, population, energy, food, water, mass extinction, technology, and ecosystem management), climate change (mitigation, adaptation, diplomacy, and geoengineering), and social change (conflict, pragmatism, sacrifice, and action). Each chapter explains the role played by central theories, ideas, issues, and concepts in Contemporary
environmental ethics, and their relevance for the challenges of the future.