Case Studies in Environmental Ethics is a collection of more than 40 case studies covering diverse topics such as: genetic engineering, aesthetics, pollution, animal rights, population, and resource management. It is intended as a supplemental book for college courses primarily in environmental ethics. Each case presents factual information on a particular topic, followed by a discussion of the ethical implications of each topic and several insightful discussion questions. The cases are concise yet rich in detail and controversy to provide significant classroom discussion. These cases focus on philosophical and policy decisions that students are likely to encounter in their everyday lives. In addition, the book provides numerous sources and an Internet resources section to allow students to research the issues found in the cases.
Preface for Teachers
Introduction: Why Cases?
A Foreword about Ethical Theories
Case 1: Gorilla Rangers
Case 2: The Great Ape Declaration
Case 3: Rats, Rabbits, and the EPA
Case 4: Tigers and Tourists
Case 5: Yellowstone Wolves
Case 6: Reykjavik Raiders
Case 7: High Seas Fish Wars
Case 8: Matinicus Island
Case 9: Taking Lake Tahoe
Case 10: The Delhi Sands Fly
Case 11: Mr. Cone's Woodpeckers
Case 12: The God Squad
Case 13: The John Day Dam
Case 14: Not on Cape Cod
Case 15: Oil and ANWR
Case 16: The Grand Staircase
Case 17: The Maine Woods
Case 18: Old Growth on Mt. Wachusett
Case 19: Massachusetts Question One
Case 20: Leopold and Traps
Case 21: Monkey-Wrenching
Case 22: Saving Mink, Killing Voles
Case 23: Have You Seen this Fish?
Case 24: Australian Cats
Case 25: Hawaiin Feral Pigs
Case 26: Tasmanian Tigers
Case 27: Golden Rice
Case 28: Ancient Apples, Dangerous Work
Case 29: Mosquitos, Disease, and DDT
Case 30: A Breath of Fresh Air
Case 31: The Dark Skies Ordinance
Case 32: Blowing in the Wind
Case 33: The Tooele Weapons Incinerator
Case 34: The Toxic Lagoon
Case 35: Bhopal
Case 36: CERES and Corporate Responsibility
Case 37: Drumet Poland — A Different Approach
Case 38: Scientific Integrity at EPA
Case 39: Peace with All Creation
Case 40: Plumbing Matters
Case 41: Is the Lifeboat Full?
Case 42: Demography as Destiny
Case 43: Trading Pollutants
About the Authors
Patrick Derr is a professor of philosophy and director of the Environment & Society Program at Clark University. Edward McNamara is an attorney with the Vermont Public Service Board.
"A terrific collection. The political or ideological balance in each of these case studies is impressive."
– Mark Sagoff, Institute of Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Maryland
"Truly exemplary work. I have no doubt that this book would greatly benefit undergraduate environmental ethics courses."
– Udo Schuklenk, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
"The accessible presentation and the range of issues make this a good choice for interdisciplinary classes in environmental studies and policy as well as classes in environmental ethics and philosophy."
"Up-to-date and well-grounded. It's reasonable in length, clearly written with very usable questions for classroom use."
– Susan Armstrong, Humboldt State University