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  • Hardcover: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; Fully REV & Exp edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745651259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745651255
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,631,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This significantly expanded second edition is indispensable." Times Higher Education "A beautifully written account which is immensely satisfying and informative to read. I have seldom read better." LSE Politics Blog "A must read – not only for greenies, but especially for the lay person seeking more information on the subject, both from a theoretical and from a practical point of view." Ethical Perspectives "It is easy to see why Curry′s book is highly relevant to the modern environmentalist. His writing is accessible and his voice doesn′t get in the way of the big topics he covers. Such clarity of expression is of great importance for a book that possesses such intellectual vigour. Moreover, such an approach means this can be read and understood not by academics alone but by anyone wishing to better understand their own reactions to environmental dilemmas as well as other people′s." The Ecologist "Contributes both an original perspective to the field of environmental philosophy and an accessible comprehensive introductory text for undergraduates." Newsletter of the International Society for Environmental Ethics "Curry′s book is a significant contribution, and it is wholeheartedly recommended for those who are interested in building a better world." Mother Pelican "A profoundly useful and informative guide." Morning Star " Ecological Ethics is the best practical introduction to the role of philosophy in understanding the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Everyone who wants to make a difference should read it." David Rothenberg, New Jersey Institute of Technology and author of Survival of the Beautiful and Why Birds Sing "An excellent introduction to the different schools of ecological ethics, and as importantly, a strong defense of why a deep–green (or ecocentric) ethics represents the future of ethics if we humans wish to sustain a viable civilization on planet Earth." Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow and Director of the Transforming Cultures Project, Worldwatch Institute "Curry is one of the most creative and important new voices in post–secular, or animistic, environmental ethics." David Keller, Utah Valley University

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Patrick Curry is an honorary research lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity St David.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By steve deeming on 18 Dec 2011
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This is one of the most important books that is required reading by anyone who cares about the our world...is it in time????
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
an excellent book just got a LOT better 21 Nov 2011
By Andrew Mclaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the second edition of Ecological Ethics. The first edition was a very good introduction to environmental ethics. This greatly expanded and thoroughly revised 2nd edition raises the bar for all other introductions in this field. It is an excellent survey of approaches to ethics in general, but it is most valuable in discussing the variety of "green" ethical perspectives. Curry discusses well all the major positions. His discussion of the variety pf ecocentric perspectives is remarkably thorough, well informed, and up to date. He uses a well developed ecocentric perspective to discuss many of the ecological issues which we currently must face. Of particular note is that he devotes a chapter to human overpopulation. Excellent as a text or for the general reader.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A ethically good book but some flaws 23 July 2012
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The author has an important message about how humans and the environment relate and the reasons things are badly wrong, from a philosophical approach. While it's a bit heavy going for the lay person, it's interesting and seems throrough and careful if facile and sesquipedalian.

I'm disappointed since it does not really discuss ethical "questions". It provides an ethical framework for a deep green, eco-centric ethic and describes the current obviously terrible problems, how other ethical systems got us here, and why they are unethical by this eco-centric ethic. But while allowing (I think) that there can be true ethical dilemmas, it doesn't actually consider any such questions: e.g. while there is a discussion of why the world's large population is a problem, it says nothing about the ethically impossible problem of making any change in this area.

The discussion of the ethics of eating animal products is also oversimplifed and sterotyped and doesn't even allow the existence of the real questions involved. This is a subject I've thought about a lot, and while I have my own baises, the author doesn't seem to even consider that eating eggs and milk results very directly in deaths of male chickens and cows. Nor does he differentiate between suffering and death.

I was very bothered when the author descended into name-calling ("insecurely masculine middle-class American bear-hunters"). I've never known a bear-hunter so I can't confirm or refute this statement, but I doubt it is research-based.

This book has valuable points, but these previous two complaints showed up about 1/3 the way through, and I lost my sense of trust in the author; after that, I skimmed the dull parts and haven't really retained much. If reviewing for myself alone I'd give three stars but for other readers without my hot buttons it might be five stars...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a remarkably fine work, lucid and engaging 17 Nov 2011
By David Abram - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an intro teaching text for courses on environmental ethics, this book must now set the standard. As a primer for personal understanding and activism, this work is engaging and mighty useful. It's a finely thought-through overview of much of the field, well-written, passionate and pluralistic. Curry elucidates a broad array of perspectives, organizing them in a fresh and quite interesting way. And while he resuscitates several overlooked or neglected bodies of thought, Curry's book is powerfully contemporary and up to date, delving into several vital currents and undercurrents that aren't even suspected by other texts. "Ecological Ethics" is attentive to multiple nuances, and to matters at once material, political, sensuous, and spiritual; one comes away with a well-rounded sense of what's at stake, and with new insights rising afresh within oneself.
Very Good Introduction and Survey 28 Mar 2014
By David R. Guinnup - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ecological Ethics is both a very good introduction to the topic and a provides a reasonably up-to-date survey of recent contributions related to and issues involved to the topic. A Kindle version would help introduce the work and this vital topic to a larger audience.

It does have some minor flaws as others have noted; e.g., some occasional inappropriate name calling, over simplification, etc. Yet the coverage and background of moral and the philosophy of ethics and justice is remarkably broad and deep.
Profound common sense 19 April 2013
By W. Jamison - Published on Amazon.com
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Profound common sense is what PC considers Ecological Ethics. But it takes education in order to become profound. PC goes about teaching readers how to reach this profundity in a profoundly common sense way - by writing clearly about the issues. This would be a great text for an introduction to philosophy course with an ecological bent. The main issue for me would be the lack of historical texts included even though there is pretty good coverage of the basic ethical theories and the text itself is an excellent example of original philosophical writing. But for that type of book I would rather go with God, Philosophy, Universities by Alasdair MacIntyre.
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