The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics (Hardcover)

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William P. Kabasenche is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Washington State University. Michael O'Rourke is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Idaho. Matthew H. Slater is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Bucknell University. O'Rourke and Slater are coeditors of the previous volume in the Topics in Contemporary Philosophy series, Carving Nature at Its Joints: Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science.

Philosophical reflections on the environment began with early philosophers'invocation of a cosmology that mixed natural and supernatural phenomena. Today, the centralphilosophical problem posed by the environment involves not what it can teach us about ourselves andour place in the cosmic order but rather how we can understand its workings in order to make betterdecisions about our own conduct regarding it. The resulting inquiry spans different areas ofcontemporary philosophy, many of which are represented by the fifteen original essays in thisvolume.

The contributors first consider conceptual problems generated by rapidadvances in biology and ecology, examining such topics as ecological communities, adaptation, andscientific consensus. The contributors then turn to epistemic and axiological issues, firstconsidering philosophical aspects of environmental decision making and then assessing particularenvironmental policies (largely relating to climate change), including reparations, remediation, andnuclear power, from a normative perspective.


ISBN 9780262017404
Genre PHILOSOPHY / Essays
Format Hardcover
Pages 307
Publisher Date 2012-04-27 00:00:00.0
Publisher Mit Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.1 in
Unit weight 1.25 lb
Language English
Subtitle Philosophy, Science, and Ethics
Series Name Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
Audience College/higher education
Country of Origin United States

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