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Mark Sagoff draws on the last twenty years of debate over the foundations of environmentalism in this comprehensive revision of The Economy of the Earth. Posing questions pertinent to consumption, cost-benefit analysis, the normative implications of neo-Darwinism, the role of the natural in national history, and the centrality of the concept of place in environmental ethics, he analyses social policy in relation to the environment, pollution, the workplace, and public safely and health. Sagoff distinguishes ethical from economic questions and explains which kinds of concepts, arguments, and processes are appropriate to each. He offers a critique 'preference' and 'willingness to pay' as measures of value in environmental economics and defends political, cultural, aesthetic, and ethical reasons to protect the natural environment.
'His book serves as an outstanding example of how applied philosophy should be done.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Any person pursuing a graduate degree in natural resource economics with interests in public policy analysis needs to read and reflect upon Sagoff's book. Any practicing natural resource economist should do the same. This is an important book.' The American Journal of Agricultural Economics
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