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The Economy of the Earth Philosophy, Law, and the Environment

By: Mark Sagoff
266 pages, no illustrations
The Economy of the Earth
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  • The Economy of the Earth ISBN: 9780521687133 Edition: 2 Paperback Feb 2008 Usually dispatched within 6 days
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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.


1. Introduction; 2. At the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima; or, why political questions are not all economic; 3. The allocation and distribution of resources; 4. Values and preferences; 5. Can we put a price on nature's services?; 6. Do we consume too much?; 7. Is an environmental ethic compatible with biological science?; 8. Settling America or the concept of place in environmental ethics; 9. Natural and national history; 10. Environmentalism: death and resurrection.

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By: Mark Sagoff
266 pages, no illustrations
Media reviews
'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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