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Environmental Ethics: An Introduction to Environmental Philosophy Paperback – March 23, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0534520847 ISBN-10: 0534520847 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (March 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534520847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534520847
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joseph DesJardins (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is professor of philosophy at the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. He specializes in business ethics and environmental ethics and has also published Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics (Fifth Edition, Wadsworth, 2005) with John McCall." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Joseph DesJardins (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) is professor of philosophy at the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. He specializes in business ethics and environmental ethics and has also published Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics (Fifth Edition, Wadsworth, 2005) with John McCall.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary Sprandel on September 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
This review is based on the 2nd edition. This book presents a good introduction to the major ideas of ethical thinking about the environment. He presents ideas on how rights might be derived as a gradation from purely human interest, rights based on whether animals suffer, and nature with its own right. Throughout the book questions of individual versus community rights are discussed. Each chapter starts with a short essay that highlights some of the complexities; for example whether Mountain Goats should be introduced or eliminated in Olympic National Park. Each chapter is concluded with discussion questions that also help the reader grapple with the issues.
He presents many of the major ideas and criticisms of animal rights, energy use, the land ethic, deep ecology, and ecofeminism. Particularly in the areas of deep ecology he presents the diversity of views. Perhaps he is weak in presenting third world views and the impact that "Deep ecology" might have on poor and agrarian populations. He is lacking discussion of religious based environmental ethics ("Theocentric ethics"). Christian Ecology seeks to develop a stewardship view, and Native American, and Eastern religions center on respect for nature. I think this book works best when read with selections from the authors discussed; for example read some of Leopold's "Sand County Almanac", then read the chapter on "The Land Ethic."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By picky reader on August 18, 2001
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I read the first edition of this book (1993) and have no doubt that the third edition will surpass its scope and clarity. In a few hundred pages, Joseph Des Jardins unspools the thread of western philosophical tradition and makes it relevant for today's urgent environmental issues. Each chapter begins with a timely case study--salmon and economic develoment, nuclear waste and the rights of future generations to a clean environment--then develops the philosophical arguments required to more deeply understand just what is at stake in these and similar issues. Des Jardins' style is easy-going and eminently accessible. He wastes no words, gets to heart of the matter, and leaves the reader wanting more. Footnotes and additional readings lead to original material if the reader wants to delve more thoroughly into the topics. But you can just stop with Des Jardins if you are not a scholar, and still gain a firm grasp on how the big thinkers of western philosophy brought us to a critical divide in our environmental future. Edition One included late-breaking news from the social environmental and eco-feminist fronts, and I am confident the 2000 edition will be just as current.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patty on October 31, 2012
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Wow, if you ever want to read a book that will really explain the ins and outs of ethics and how ethics relates to the environment - then you gotta get this book. I don't recommend reading this book curled up on the couch for a weekend. You are going to want to read it a chapter at a time and really reflect over what you have read - you know - mull it over a bit and really digest it. Be careful though - because it is one of those books that could change the way you view yourself and the world around you.
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