335 pages, 4 line illus, 1 table
Reviews the contributions which ecology can and cannot make in applied science and environmental problem solving. Contents: Introduction: what ecology can't do; Ecological concepts are problematic; Ecological science is value laden; What ecology can do; Ecology and a new account of rationality; Objections: rationality in ecology; A case study: the Florida panther; Policy aspects of the Florida panther case; Conclusions.
This book is a great achievement and should be read by everyone interested in ecology, environmental ethics, and environmental law. If we could assume familiarity with the claims and arguments in this book, the level of public debate about environmental policy would be significantly improved. Ethics "...a timely book that will enliven many graduate seminars." R.H. Peters, Quarterly Review of Biology
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