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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (26 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405176385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405176385
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Overall, Environmental Ethics: the big questions is an essential text for anyone looking to get to grips with key thinkers and their contributions to this new and burgeoning domain of ethics. Whilst challenging at times, the variety of papers in terms of both inter–disciplinary and difficulty is wide, allowing readers to effectively engage irrespective of background. Further, the layout is clear and general binding and page quality high to ensure this can remain an indispensable reference text for the future.”  ( The Guardian , 26 November 2013) Featured in The Guardian – 26 November 2013 “Overall , Environmental Ethics: the big questionsis an essential text for anyone looking to get to grips with key thinkers and their contributions to this new and burgeoning domain of ethics. Whilst challenging at times, the variety of papers in terms of both inter–disciplinary and difficulty is wide, allowing readers to effectively engage irrespective of background. Further, the layout is clear and general binding and page quality high to ensure this can remain an indispensable reference text for many years to come.”  ( E conomics & Philosophy , 1 November 2013)

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"Environmental ethics emerged in the mid–1970s and has been exponentially growing in volume and scope ever since. As a new century and a new millennium dawn, environmental ethics is the philosophy of the future, looking outward to partner with social and life sciences, history, law, business, and literature to provide synthesis instead of the finer and finer analysis of arcane "puzzles" that characterized the inward–looking philosophy of the previous century. In the new spirit of the new philosophy of the new century, this new textbook provides a synoptic overview of the field. The pioneers, living and dead, are all represented along with the emerging voices of the present. Unique to this volume is commentary by the leading lights in the field about why environmental ethics is a worthwhile study. That section, along with Keller′s historical and thematic overview of the field, the best yet in any textbook, is worth the price of admission to the book." — J Baird Callicott , Regents Professor of Philosophy, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North of Texas

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lucy B McA on 7 Dec 2010
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I've read a number of anthologies on environmental ethics, being a PhD student in that field, and I got this one because I spilt wine over my supervisor's copy. To be honest, if I had a choice about which collection to go for again, I'd have chosen Des Jardins', or Andrew Light's (the latter I haven't even read, except for extracts) or Louis Pojman's. I found this collection, even though it was the newest, really didn't add much to the debate. My own interest is in biocentrism and certainly the issue is discussed, but not in the depth or detail which would have proven useful to me. I did quite like - for motivational reasons mainly - the section on 'why study environmental ethics' because some of those entries were like being given a pat on the back, and that never goes down amiss. But later the comments - some, at least - began to feel smug, as though somehow we'd found the philosopher's stone, the lode by which all else would subsequently be weighed, and yet the field has, so far at least, had so little actual impact that humility and puzzlement and even a discussion about that would be more suitable than self-admiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex B on 26 Nov 2013
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What duties, if any, do we have towards non-humans such as animals, plants, waters and soils? Environmental ethics is a rapidly expanding area of philosophy, designed precisely to deal with these emotionally charged, but hard to answer to questions. The seeds were sowed in the 1960s with the 'spirit of progressivism' in America with campaigns such as world peace movements and woman's rights. This free-thinking spirit carried over to the environment quite quickly, and already by the early 1960s there were papers written about our (deteriorating) relationship with nature by the likes of John Muir and Rachel Carson. However, things really took off in the 1970s and many of the classic environmental ethics papers of today come from that period including authors such as Peter Singer and J. Baird Callicott. Today, this field of ethics is an exciting, far-reaching subset drawing on virtually all areas of moral philosophy and even venturing out into aesthetics, economics and natural science. The initial key question revolves around whether our current ethical theories (such as utilitarianism) can be extended to cover the environment or whether we need to create entirely new theories.

Environmental Ethics: the big questions is an anthology designed to provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of environmental ethics. Nonetheless, the papers chosen are very wide-ranging in difficulty, meaning that both the introductory and the advanced reader can profit from this collection.

After an excellent introduction summarising how environmental ethics came about and the key inputs from philosophers to the debate surrounding duties to non-humans, Keller inserts a section entitled 'Why Study Environmental Ethics?'.
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By Mike on 1 Jan 2014
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I used this book as a core text for a philosophy module in environmental ethics and it is truly fantastic. It introduces all the basic ideologies surrounding environmental philosophy and allows for a simple analytical contrast between the views of important philosophical figures. Usefully, this book also provides a short history into environmental philosophy going back as far as Aquinas, through the mechanist views of Descartes, up to the present day concerns raised by people such as Fox, Regan, Singer, Leopold and Callicott.
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Good for philosophers, less so for others 2 Oct 2012
By David Valentine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Keller and the various contributors assume readers have a solid foundation in philosophy rather than, say, environmental sciences. It is more geared toward philosophers looking to expand their knowledge about this dimension of ethics, and not so much toward environmental scientists and students looking to expand their understanding of the ethical dimensions of the field. I used this as a textbook in a course populated by non-philosophy majors, and it was a struggle. I am looking for a more appropriate text now.
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Environmental ethics 13 Feb 2012
By crystal - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must. It does a great job of informing you about both side of environmental issues. The language is a bit difficult but well worth it.
Big, Complicated Words, but Great... 15 Dec 2011
By Kristine - Published on Amazon.com
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I never thought there was such a thing as Environmental Ethics until I took my college course. Understand this, you may need a dictionary handy, or have Google linked on your computer for many BIG words. This book is deep into philosophy, but environmentally speaking. I learned quite a bit from this book, and also completed many writings of my own. There are many different contributers in this book; historically and modern day. It will get you deep into your moral and ethical side. Yes, I laughed too when I started the term, but ended with an open mind.

I gave it 4 stars due to it being a little challenging; had to read each writers input 2-3 times.
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Essential book 31 May 2010
By Pacifica Sommers - Published on Amazon.com
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It arrived a few days after I had hoped it would, but still in time. It's a fabulous book, combining esoteric philosophical underpinnings of ethics with justifications for and arguments against direct action, and addressing pragmatic consequences of ethical positions.
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