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Virtue Ethics and the Environment

Cafaro, Philip, Sandler, Ronald (Eds.)

2011, VI, 206 p.

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  • Focuses closely on Environmental Virtue Ethics
  • Discusses compelling issues in EVE and more broadly in environmental philosophy
  • Brings together many aspects of Environmental Virtue Ethics
Environmental virtue ethics has become a vital part of the environmental philosophy landscape. Whether as an alternative or a complement to other theoretical approaches, environmental virtue ethics clarifies our environmental choices and responsibilities: • By deploying a multifaceted set of virtue and vice concepts, it provides a rich, nuanced descriptive and normative language for our relationships and interactions with nature. • By exploring the connection between human flourishing and nature, it complements duty-based and fear-based justifications for environmentally progressive behavior and policies. • By providing an ecologically informed account of human flourishing that is attentive to the full range of environmental values, it offers an alternative to consumption-oriented conceptions of human flourishing. • By specifying the kind of character conducive to environmental appreciation and personal restraint, it contributes to sketching the parameters of a genuinely sustainable society: one which doesn’t careen from one environmental problem to the next, seeking techno-fixes, but instead might really solve them. This is an exciting collection of essays that addresses compelling issues, not just in environmental virtue ethics, but in environmental philosophy and environmental practice as a whole.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Aristotle - EVE - Environmental Philosophy - Environmental Virtue Ethics - Environmentalism - Heideggerian - Henry Thoreau - Hume's Knave - Kyoto Treaty - Ronald Sandler - Tao Te Ching - Thomas Hill Jr.

Related subjects » Agriculture - Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Environmental Sciences

Table of contents 

Editorial; Richard P. Haynes.- Environmental Virtue Ethics Special Issue: Introduction; Philip Cafaro.- Environmentalism and Public Virtue; Brian Treanor.- Forgivingness, Pessimism, and Environmental Citizenship; Kathryn J. Norlock.- Radical Hope for Living Well in a Warmer World; Allen Thompson.- Species Extinction and the Vice for Learning Virtue of Thoughtlessness: The Importance of Spiritual Exercises; Jeremy Bendik-Keymer.- The Virtue of Simplicity; Joshua Colt Gambrel and Philip Cafaro.- The Epistemic Demands of Environmental Virtue; Jason Kawall.- Hume's Knave and Nonanthropocentric Virtues; Paul Haught.- Heideggerian Environmental Virtue Ethics; Christine Swanton.- Ethical Theory and the Problem of Inconsequentialism: Why Environmental Ethicists Should be Virtue-Oriented Ethicists; Ronald Sandler.- Patriotism as an Environmental Virtue; Philip Cafaro.

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