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Character and Environment : A Virtue-Oriented Approach to Environmental Ethics.

Author/Creator:
Sandler, Ronald.
Publication:
New York : Columbia University Press, 2007.
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Subjects:
Environmental responsibility.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
Virtue ethics is now widely recognized as an alternative to Kantian and consequentialist ethical theories. However, moral philosophers have been slow to bring virtue ethics to bear on topics in applied ethics. Moreover, environmental virtue ethics is an underdeveloped area of environmental ethics. Although environmental ethicists often employ virtue-oriented evaluation (such as respect, care, and love for nature) and appeal to role models (such as Henry Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson) for guidance, environmental ethics has not been well informed by contemporary work on virtue ethics. With Character and Environment, Ronald Sandler remedies each of these deficiencies by bringing together contemporary work on virtue ethics with contemporary work on environmental ethics. He demonstrates the many ways that any ethic of character can and should be informed by environmental considerations. He also develops a pluralistic virtue-oriented environmental ethic that accommodates the richness and complexity of our relationship with the natural environment and provides effective and nuanced guidance on environmental issues. These projects have implications not only for environmental ethics and virtue ethics but also for moral philosophy more broadly. Ethical theories must be assessed on their theoretical and practical adequacy with respect to all aspects of the human ethical situation: personal, interpersonal, and environmental. To the extent that virtue-oriented ethical theory in general, and Sandler's version of it in particular, provides a superior environmental ethic to other ethical theories, it is to be preferred not just as an environmental ethic but also as an ethical theory. Character and Environment will engage any reader with an interest in environmental ethics, virtue ethics, or moral philosophy.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Virtue-Oriented Alternative?
Character and Environmental Ethic s
Overview
1. What Makes a Character Trait a Virtue?
Identifying Environmental Vi rtue
The Naturalistic Assumption
The Natural Goodness Approach
The Life Form of the Species Perspective
The Aspects Evaluated
The Ends Constitutive of Human Flourishing
The Pluralistic Teleological Account
Conclusion
2. The Environment and Human Flourishing
Moral Considerability
Environmental Virtue
Agent Flourishing
Human Flourishing
Consumptive Dispositions
Conclusion
3. The Environment Itself
Respect for Nature?
Individual Organisms
Recasting Respect
Differential Compassion
Environmental Collectives
Land Virtues
Conclusion
4. Environmental Decision Making
Virtue-Oriented Principles of Right Action
Against Qualified Agent Principles
Against Ideal Observer Principles
Target Principles
The Agent-Relative Target Principle
Decision Making
Environmental Decision Making
Conclusion
5. The Virtue-Oriented Approach and Environmental Ethics
The Case for the Virtue-Oriented Approach
Pluralisms
Adequacy in Environmental Ethics
Is the Virtue-Oriented Approach Pragmatic ?
Conclusion
6. A Virtue-Oriented Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops
Genetically Modified Crops
Environmental Goods
Respect
Hubris
Implications
The Future
Conclusion
Conclusion: A Virtue-Oriented Alternative
Work Done
Work Ahead
Notes
Bibliography
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Sandler, Ronald Character and Environment
ISBN:
9780231511865
9780231141079
OCLC:
826477792