A systematic account of values carried by the natural world
Duties to and Values in the Natural World
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Holmes Rolston, III
Holmes Rolston III, has been named the 2003 Templeton Prize laureate. The prize, valued at more than one million dollars, is given each year to a living person to encourage and honor those who advance spiritual matters., 2003
Environmental Ethics is a systematic account of values carried by the natural world, coupled with an inquiry into duties toward animals, plants, species, and ecosystems. A comprehensive philosophy of nature is illustrated by and integrated with numerous actual examples of ethical decisions made in encounters with fauna and flora, endangered species, and threatened ecosystems. The ethics developed is informed throughout by ecological science and evolutionary biology, with attention to the logic of moving from what is in nature to what ought to be.
The ethical theory is applied in detail to social, public, and business policy. Written in an engaging style, using diagrams and figures as well as numerous case studies, Environmental Ethics prods the reader into concrete application and invites reader participation in the ethical discussions. The ethics concludes by exploring the historical experiences of personal residence in a surrounding environment. Here is an adventure into what it means to live as responsible human beings in the community of life on Earth.
"Rolston's incisive logic...poetic insights...and almost conversational style reassure the reader.... With luck, lots of people will accompany him on this journey, returning with ideas with which to launch sophisticated discussions of environmental ethics."
"A brilliantly provocative challenge for us to think about how we should behave toward the environment. A required book for public and natural science collections."
"Rolston's workworthy of becoming a classic itselfexplores values from several points of view. The work is not a carefully structured argument, but a delightful series of insights and concrete examples leading to a new gestalt a unique groundbreaking work appropriate for all reader levels."
"A lucid introduction to environmental ethics that will be of value to scholars, students, and general readers. Environmental Ethics is packed with information and a good deal of wisdom obviously acquired through long experience."
"Most insightful and poetic. We need...Rolston's wisdom."
"Rolston's analysis is perceptive philosophy yet accessible to a general audience. His comprehensive scope, accurate references, examples given, and clarity of text make the book invaluable to students of environmental ethics in a very practical way.... Rolston clearly makes the case that we now find ourselves standing at an ethical threshold. . What a wonderful effort!"
"This work is vintage Rolston, which is very good. He has a wonderful and intimate knowledge of matters environmental, which he again uses here in insightfully new ways.... Rolston shows the relevance of an environmental appreciation to fundamental matters of ethical theory. This book reads well, reads easily, reads enticingly."
1. Humans Valuing the Natural Environment
2. Higher Animals: Duties to Sentient Life
3. Organisms: Duties to Organic Life
4. Life in Jeopardy: Duties to Endangered Species
5. Life in Community: Duties to Ecosystems
6. The Concept of Natural Value: A Theory for Environmental Ethics
7. Environmental Policy: An Ethic of the Commons
8. Environmental Business: An Ethic for Commerce
9. Down to Earth: Persons in Natural History
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Ethics and Action, edited by Tom Regan.
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