Extensively revised and expanded in this second edition, "Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works" examines morality from an environmental perspective. Featuring seventy-one accessible selections--from classic articles to examples of cutting-edge original research--it addresses both theory and practice. Asking what really matters, the first section of the book explores the abstract ideas of human value and value in nature. The second section turns to the question of what it would take to solve our real-world environmental problems. Moving beyond the "hype," it presents authoritative essays on applying environmental ethics to the issues that matter right now. The book is enhanced by chapter introductions ("Questions for Reflection and Discussion") that offer brief summaries and questions for further analysis and class discussion.
Preface: Rules, Principles, and Integrity: A General Introduction
PART I. WHAT REALLY MATTERS? ESSAYS ON VALUE IN NATURE
Chapter 1. Where We Are and How We Got Here: The Roots of Crisis
Chapter 2. Respect for Nature
Chapter 3. Holistic Ethics
Chapter 4. Ecofeminism
Chapter 5. Environmental Justice
Chapter 6. How Wild Does Nature Have to Be?
Chapter 7. Finding Our Place in Nature
PART II. WHAT REALLY WORKS? ESSAYS ON HUMAN ECOLOGY
Chapter 8. Weighing Our Options
Chapter 9. Sustainability
Chapter 10. What It Takes to Preserve Wilderness
Chapter 11. Overpopulation and What to Do About It
Chapter 12. Climate Change and What to Do About It
Chapter 13. Cities and What to Do About Them
Chapter 14. Technology and What to Do About It
Chapter 15. Environmentalism in Practice
David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy and joint Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. He is the author of "Person, Polis, Planet" (2008), "Elements of Justice" (2006), and "Rational Choice and Moral Agency" (1995), and coauthor of "A Brief History of Liberty" (2010).
Elizabeth Willott is a Principal Research Specialist in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, where she is a primary investigator on a National Science Foundation grant researching mosquito ecology in Tucson. She is also Curator of Butterfly Magic at Tucson Botanical Gardens, where she oversees the running of the butterfly display and education relative to it.
The new edition is an improvement on what was, in my opinion, already the best textbook available on the subject. I will certainly adopt the new edition for future environmental ethics classes. [...]
- Dan Perry, Texas Tech University