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Taking Action, Saving Lives: Our Duties to Protect Environmental and Public Health (Environmental Ethics and Science Policy Series) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195325461
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"One of the most powerful academic books I have read and heard of. It is philosophically sound and coherent, but if this was all I said about it, I am not sure Shrader-Frechette would regard it as a compliment. She wants more than that. She hopes her book will inspire the readers to act. "Philosophically sound and coherent" is just not enough ... if all that is going to happen to the reader when he or she reads the book is just thinking "Oh my God, this is awful", then the reader has missed something. After reading Taking Action, Saving Lives, one should take action and save lives. Hopefully, you will not be the same person you were before reading it. " --Avner de Shalit, Political Studies Review


"This book is inspirational as much as it is scientific.... Highly recommended."--M. Gochfeld, CHOICE


"Kristin Shrader-Frechette is a unique voice in environmental ethics. Her new book, `Taking Action, Saving Lives, is a welcome addition to her impressive list of books examining aspects of environmental policy from a richly informed philosophical perspective. This book offers an accessible primer for anyone who wants to know the kinds of things one needs to know in order to reflect on questions of environmental ethics from a perspective that elevates human health risks to the foreground."--Madison Powers, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


About the Author


Kristin Shrader-Frechette is O'Neill Family Endowed Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where she also directs the Center for Environmental Justice and Children's Health. Advisor to the United Nations and to many countries and U.S. agencies on public health, environmental justice, bioethics, and nuclear-waste management, Shrader-Frechette is the author of fifteen books and some 350 articles.
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Product Details

  • Series: Environmental Ethics and Science Policy Series
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019532546X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195325461
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,785,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for a class.

It was a good book. It was sad, yes, but also very informative. It talks about a lot of important issues that I think a lot of people don't necessarily thing about. I think you should read it.
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By Sun on November 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I spend much of my free time reading economics, politics, and history, and I've never seen anything that combines my interests quite so well as this volume.

Shrader-Frechette, who has as unique a background as anyone (she has training in the social and hard sciences, and although she is an academic, she spends a significant amount of time doing real-world work on pro bono projects and government committees), is exactly the right person to write this book.

You should read this if you have even the slightest interest in environmental issues. This is the book for you if you ever have been frustrated by the lack of detailed examples and robust, logical arguments in everyday environmental discourse, or if you have wondered why our political and business establishments have become so morally impoverished.

As noted by the professional reviewers quoted by Amazon, this is not an easy book to read. Corporate crime, public health, and inequity are rarely easy topics, particularly for well-off Westerners. Nonetheless, this book will change the way you look at the world around you. You will be pleased with this volume.
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Describes some known, sad cases of environmental poisoning, but despite the title no real explaining taking action by the general public to prevent.
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