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Environmental virtue ethics has become a vital part of the environmental philosophy landscape. Whether as an alternative or a complement to other theoretical approaches, environmental virtue ethics clarifies our environmental choices and responsibilities:
• By deploying a multifaceted set of virtue and vice concepts, it provides a rich, nuanced descriptive and normative language for our relationships and interactions with nature.
• By exploring the connection between human flourishing and nature, it complements duty-based and fear-based justifications for environmentally progressive behavior and policies.
• By providing an ecologically informed account of human flourishing that is attentive to the full range of environmental values, it offers an alternative to consumption-oriented conceptions of human flourishing.
• By specifying the kind of character conducive to environmental appreciation and personal restraint, it contributes to sketching the parameters of a genuinely sustainable society: one which doesn’t careen from one environmental problem to the next, seeking techno-fixes, but instead might really solve them.
This is an exciting collection of essays that addresses compelling issues, not just in environmental virtue ethics, but in environmental philosophy and environmental practice as a whole.