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Toward a Small Family Ethic

How Overpopulation and Climate Change Are Affecting the Morality of Procreation

Authors: Rieder, Travis N.

  • Examines the interaction between population, environment, and disease
  • Provides a framework for thinking about how overpopulation affects each person's individual moral burden
  • Systematically evaluates widely-held moral principles to examine the individual moral repercussions of global population issues
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About this book

This thought-provoking treatise argues that current human fertility rates are fueling a public health crisis that is at once local and global. Its analysis and data summarize the ecological costs of having children, presenting ethical dilemmas for prospective parents in an era of competition for scarce resources, huge disparities of wealth and poverty, and unsustainable practices putting irreparable stress on the planet. Questions of individual responsibility and integrity as well as personal moral and procreative issues are examined carefully against larger and more long-range concerns. The author’s assertion that even modest efforts toward reducing global fertility rates would help curb carbon emissions, slow rising global temperatures, and forestall large-scale climate disaster is well reasoned and more than plausible.

Among the topics covered: 

·         The multiplier effect: food, water, energy, and climate.

·         The role of population in mitigating climate change.

·         The carbon legacy of procreation.

·         Obligations to our possible children.

·         Rights, what is right, and the right to do wrong.

·         The moral burden to have small families.

Toward a Small Family Ethic sounds a clarion call for bioethics students and working bioethicists. This brief, thought-rich volume steers readers toward challenges that need to be met, and consequences that will need to be addressed if they are not.

About the authors

Travis N. Rieder, PhD, is a research scholar at Johns Hopkins' Berman Institute of Bioethics, where he also directs the Master of Bioethics program.  Much of Travis's research is in the general area of procreative ethics, particularly concerning the morality of procreating in the era of climate change.

Reviews

“This book delves into our moral obligations regarding population growth in the ongoing environmental crisis of climate change. … This book is written from the perspective of philosophy for educated readers interested in public health, the environment, and morality. Students and practitioners of public health would find this book enlightening.” (Jaime Konerman-Sease, Doody's Book Reviews, November, 2016)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Global Population and Public Health

    Rieder, Travis N.

    Pages 1-12

  • What Can I Do? Small Effects and the Collective Action Worry

    Rieder, Travis N.

    Pages 13-23

  • Individual Obligation

    Rieder, Travis N.

    Pages 25-42

  • Challenges to Procreative Obligation

    Rieder, Travis N.

    Pages 43-54

  • Toward a Small Family Ethic

    Rieder, Travis N.

    Pages 55-66

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33871-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33869-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Toward a Small Family Ethic
Book Subtitle
How Overpopulation and Climate Change Are Affecting the Morality of Procreation
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Public Health Ethics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33871-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33871-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-33869-9
Series ISSN
2197-1935
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 68
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