Environmental Ethics: An Introduction to Environmental Philosophy

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How can you use philosophical to make progress toward solving environmental problems? ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY introduces you to ethical theory in new and easily understood ways. But most of all, this environmental ethics textbook shows you how we can work together to build a better future.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 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: 14.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on August 31, 2015
By Amazon Customer
A good introduction and plenty here for the novice environmental ethics reader like myself.

Four Stars

 on September 18, 2017
By Siby
I like the book. It is okay. The service was too slow.

Mind Blowing

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 31, 2012
By Patty
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.

Good overview

One person found this helpful.
 on April 12, 2017
By Doug Erlandson
Joseph DesJardins’s “Environmental Ethics” provides a well-balanced introduction to the subject. The first two chapters are introductory and are primarily devoted to what is sometimes called theoretical ethics. In them the author describes the different approaches to decision making in the area of morality (such as utilitarian and deontological ethics). The rest of the book discusses issues such as managing public lands, sustainability and responsibility to the future, anthropocentric and biocentric ethics and the inherent value of life, the land ethics, deep ecology, ecofeminism, and environmental justice and social equality.

Thinking Deeply about the Environment, and Why it Matters

14 people found this helpful.
 on August 18, 2001
By picky reader
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.

Interesting topics, very thought provoking

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 15, 2007
By Christine Robbins
I purchased this book for an environmental ethics class, and found it to be very interesting! The many changes in our environment are truly thought-provoking, and to look at them through the eyes of an ethicist was enjoyable. The reading is compelling, and good fodder for many interesting dinner table conversations.

Environmental Ethics: An Introduction to Environmental Philosophy

 on March 14, 2007
By Madeline M. Fostveit
Book arrived in great shape and in a very timely fashion

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