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Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

Robin Attfield

December 2018

ISBN: 9780198797166

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Robin Attfield introduces environmental ethics, exploring the values involved in issues such as pollution, habitat loss, and climate change. Considering the different groups involved in environmental ethics, and the attitudes of the world's religions to environmental stewardship, he calls for action from us all to manage our environment ethically.

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Robin Attfield introduces environmental ethics, exploring the values involved in issues such as pollution, habitat loss, and climate change. Considering the different groups involved in environmental ethics, and the attitudes of the world's religions to environmental stewardship, he calls for action from us all to manage our environment ethically.

  • Explains the origins of environmental ethics as a field
  • Explores the ethics of key issues today, such as climate change, species and habitat loss, and pollution
  • Relates real life environmental judgements to prevailing ethical theories
  • Considers the relationship between debates on sustainability and UN Sustainable Development Goals, and shows how discussions about the environmental role of religion can issue in a constructive form of responsible stewardship
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Robin Attfield, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Cardiff University

Robin Attfield was appointed Lecturer in Philosophy at (what is now) Cardiff University in 1968, and became a Professor in 1991. He has participated in the Environmental Ethics Working Party of UNESCO, and has served on the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and on the Committee of 0he Aristotelian Society. Robin is the author of sixteen books, including The Ethics of Environmental Concern (1983 and 1991), Ethics: An Overview (2012), The Ethics of the Global Environment (1999 and 2015), and Wonder, Value and God (2017), and has contributed to several journals.

Table of Contents

    1:Origins
    2:Some key concepts
    3:Future generations
    4:Principles for right action
    5:Sustainability and preservation
    6:Social and political movements
    7:Environmental ethics and religion
    8:The ethics of climate change
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"As a primer for academic environmental ethics, Robin Attfield's Very Short Introduction offers a succinct tour through its history and many of its arguments... Attfield also includes at the end a helpful list of further reading which provides additional resources to supplement each chapter." - Caleb Gordon, University of Manchester, Modern Believing

"This book is an engaging, accessible book, one that both academics from various disciplines and environmental ethicists will appreciate and benefit from; it offers something of value for everyone who hopes to contribute to a socially and environmentally sustainable and peaceful world." - Robin Attfield, The Philosophical Quarterly

"Environmental Ethics offers an entertaining, concise, and genuinely enlightening means to commence one's engagement with the subject." - Nicole Souter, The Philosopher

"This short introduction is particularly timely and I would recommend it to anyone not yet familiar with environmental ethics and even to those more knowledgeable of the field. It is truly impressive how Attfield manages to so succinctly condense such large issues into such a short book." - Linnea Luuppala, Ethical Perspectives

"This very readable book is a survey of the wide range of questions that faces anyone who thinks seriously about our environment and the future of our planet... Everyone interested in the environment and the possibility of impending catastrophe should read [it]." - Alan York, The Friend

"The great achievement of Attfield's Attfields book is to demonstrate that there is a coherent, intuitively plausible, and useful conception of inclusive environmental protection... The book will be of interest to students taking courses in environmental ethics, but also to students who are taking philosophy and geography, and to people of other professions engaged with the environment." - Wilson J. Simon, UTAFITI

"Attfield's new book confirms him as one of the most eloquent voices in present-day environmental ethics. It combines philosophical depth with extreme readability and makes a suggestive case for an ethics that pays tribute to the value of non-human nature." - Dieter Birnbacher

"Surprise! Attfield can write a very concise introduction to environmental ethics with all the precision already shown in his dozen full length works." - Holmes Rolston III, Colorado State University

"This is a timely addition to Oxfords series of Very Short Introductions. As befits an introduction, the material is presented in a manner designed to help the reader to gain an overview of issues and debates in the field." - The Heythrop Journal

"Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction ...constitutes a timely intervention and provides a broad platform to inform and stimulate further debate and research." - The Philosophical Quarterly

"This short introduction is particularly timely and I would recommend it to anyone not yet familiar with environmental ethics and even to those more knowledgeable of the field, who simply wish to have a recap of the main issues." - Ethical Perspectives, Linnea Luuppala