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Character and Environment: A Virtue-Oriented Approach to Environmental Ethics

By: Ronald L Sandler

201 pages, no illustrations

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Apr 2009 | #178083 | ISBN-13: 9780231141079
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Hardback | Sep 2007 | #170903 | ISBN-13: 9780231141062
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Virtue ethics is now widely recognized as an alternative to Kantian and consequentialist ethical theories. However, moral philosophers have been slow to bring virtue ethics to bear on topics in applied ethics. Moreover, environmental virtue ethics is an underdeveloped area of environmental ethics.

With Character and Environment, Ronald Sandler remedies theses deficiencies by bringing together contemporary work on virtue ethics with contemporary work on environmental ethics. He demonstrates the many ways that any ethic of character can and should be informed by environmental considerations. He also develops a pluralistic virtue-oriented environmental ethic that accommodates the richness and complexity of our relationship with the natural environment and provides effective and nuanced guidance on environmental issues.

A welcome addition to a much neglected corner of the ethical foundations of environmental ethics... Recommended. CHOICE 5/1/08 A pleasure to read. -- Philip Cafaro Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics A challenging, original, worthwhile addition to the environmental ethics literature that is bound to pique curiosity and stimulate controversy. -- Michael Allen Fox Environmental Values Vol. 17, No. 3 A substantial contribution to both virtue ethics and environmental ethics. Ethics Sandler's work admirably succeeds... a welcome and much needed accomplishment. Environmental Ethics Vol 31 No 2


PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: A Virtue-Oriented Alternative?What Makes a Character Trait a Virtue?The Environment and Human FlourishingThe Environment ItselfEnvironmental Decision MakingThe Virtue-Oriented Approach and Environmental EthicsA Virtue-Oriented Assessment of Genetically Modified CropsConclusion: A Virtue-Oriented AlternativeNotesBibliographyIndex

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Ronald L. Sandler is an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and a researcher in the Technology and Society Research Group and the Environmental Justice Research Collaborative at Northeastern University.

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