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The Philosophy of the Environment

Edited By: TDJ Chappell

194 pages, no illustrations

Edinburgh University Press

Paperback | Dec 1997 | #129055 | ISBN: 0748609113
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Why do activists believe so strongly in the moral rights of animals? On what grounds can we condemn or condone whaling or animal captivity? This is the first book to put environmental thinking into the broader context of philosophical thought. Key thinkers focus on our attitudes to animals and the environment as critically determined by deeper philosophical concerns.


Platonism and the gods of place, Stephen R.L. Clark (University of Liverpool); nature for real - is nature a social construction, Holmes Rolston III (State University of Colorado, USA); trivial and serious in aesthetic appreciation of nature, Ronald W. Hepburn (University of Edinburgh); "admiring the high mountains" - the aesthetics of environment, John Haldane (University of St. Andrews); how to base ethics on biology, T.D.J. Chappell (University of Manchester); respect for the non-human, Timothy Sprigge (University of Edinburgh); conservation and animal welfare, Kate Rawles (University of Lancaster); whaling in Sand Country - the morality of Norwegian minke-whale catching, J. Baird Callicott (University of Wisconsin, USA); zoos revisited, Dale Jamieson (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA).

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T D J Chappell is Professor of Philosophy at The Open University Ethics Centre.

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