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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199895570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199895571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.3 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A dazzling book." --Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times


"Beautifully written and ambitious in its scope... an immensely readable book and a valuable contribution to the debate over environmental politics."--Caroline Lucas, The Independent


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Roger Scruton is currently visiting professor in the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies at the University of St Andrews and in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is also a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington and a contributing editor to The New Atlantis. He has taught at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Oxford, Princeton, and Boston and has been a free-lance writer and commentator for the past 15 years. His many books include Beauty: A Very Short Introduction, Death-Devoted Heart, and The Uses of Pessimism.

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I doubt that anyone will be able to "speed read" this book and get much out of it.
William L. Brown
Scruton gets at the heart of the matter and although it takes a few very dense chapters to get there, it is well woth the effort.
mike rosenberg
I also liked his call for cooperation among those who are wanting to conserve what we have been given.
BillyBob

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By S. Hayward on June 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Roger Scruton turns his enormous breadth of learning and powers of sustained concentration on the vexing problem of the environment, which tends otherwise to to be mired in the rut of left-right cliches and stubbornly fixed positions. The result in this book is a truly fresh and original synthesis of the best aspects of conventional environmental thought and its critics. This book ought to be read and wrestled with by people on all parts of the political spectrum. Everyone will find something in it to disagree with--I do--but will also find some new challenges to familiar but inadequate and superficial ways of thinking about environmental issues. This book deserves to take its place on the shelf of the dozen most serious and significant environmental books of the last 25 years.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William L. Brown VINE VOICE on December 17, 2012
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Roger Scruton, a British author, spent the better part of a year accumulating the background information for this book. The result is an extremely rewarding and educational treatise on what works and what doesn't work in terms of getting people to change their behavior to improve the environment.

Much of the book is based around the concept of oikophilia, which is roughly translated as "love of home." Human beings have a difficult time relating to things that are far removed from their everyday experience. International treaties, for example, mean little or nothing to them, whereas protecting their property from things that might cause damage is readily comprehended.

Regulations made by bureaucrats at the European Union, or even by our own Environmental Protection Administration, engender little in the way of warm feelings that can be translated into individual action. Rules that forbid taking measures to improve one's private property (such as rules against filling in "wetlands") elicit frustration and anger; why not improve your land so as to make it more habitable to yourself and your heirs?

Scruton shows that many government regulations are counterproductive. For instance, regulations requiring packaging of food products leads to proliferation of non-biodegradable plastics that pile up in spaces where they will degrade the environment for generations to come. The author asks why local farmers cannot present their wares for sale in local (mom and pop) grocery stores, without wrapping everything in plastic? The advent of supermarkets has improved access to food while simultaneously contributing to an environmental disaster.
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Dr Robert Zubrin wrote an incredible book review of this book to be foudn here https://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/this-land-is-whose-land/

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"This Land Is Whose Land?
09.01.12 - 12:00 AM | by Robert Zubrin
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How to Think Seriously About the Planet:
The Case for an Environmental Conservatism
By Roger Scruton
Oxford University Press, 464 pages

In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, the British philosopher Roger Scruton makes the case for “environmental conservatism.” According to Scruton, true conservatives must be environmentalists, and environmentalists should be conservatives. He also argues that conservative methods can better achieve environmentalist goals than the statist strategies usually embraced by today’s green movements.

Scruton describes himself as a conservative, but if so, he is of a sort all but unknown in the United States. He says that the notorious 1972 Limits to Growth thesis issued by the Club of Rome, which warned of immediate societal collapse in the 1970s caused by unchecked economic growth, was “self-evidently true.” He endorses U.S. Club of Rome member Herman Daly’s concept of a “steady state economy”—that is, one without economic growth—as the proper means of staying within the planet’s limits. He denounces modern agriculture and the worldwide food trade, which together have transformed the age-old specter of famine due to local crop failure into a relic of the past. He is also against the supermarkets that make the world’s variety available to everyone. Instead, we should return to the old days when people depended on the products of the local yeomanry, who used the methods of organic agriculture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 31, 2013
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Roger Scruton's "How to Think Seriously About the Planet" presents a well-balanced and thoughtful approach to environmentalism. Rejecting both the top-down approach, which, according to Scruton, rarely solves the problem but only makes it worse while creating new problems, and the call of free-market libertarians for total government noninvolvement, Scruton stresses localized approaches as those that can most effectively deal with environmental issues as they arise. He puts a significant amount of stress on something he calls "oikaphilia," which means "love of the home." In a nutshell, those who have true love for their immediate environment, their town, the land they live on, etc, are likely to hit upon solutions for preserving the environment that really work. Such approaches are also far more likely (according to Scruton) to understand the legacy that previous generations have provided and in turn are the ones most likely to seek to preserve the environment for future generations.

Scruton's book is wide-ranging and covers quite a few topics, including a rather extended discussion of the inadequacies of certain philosophical theories in their approach to environmentalism. (Scruton is especially critical of utilitarian reasoning.) He also is critical of most of the work that has been done in applied ethics, particularly environmental ethics.

Because of the excellent content in this book and because Scruton does a good job of arguing for his "environmental conservatism" I believe this book deserves five stars. The one thing I found somewhat annoying is that Scruton tends to wander from topic to topic in such a way that it is sometimes hard to know exactly where he's going with a thought or what he's arguing. The book would have benefitted from having sub-headings within chapters. As it is, there are none, despite the fact that some of the chapters are rather lengthy.
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