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A Theory of Ecological Justice

1st Edition

By Brian Baxter


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In A Theory of Ecological Justice, Baxter argues for ecological justice - that is, for treating species besides homo sapiens as having a claim in justice to a share of the Earth's resources. It explores the nature of justice claims as applied to organisms of various degrees of complexity and describes the institutional arrangements necessary to integrate the claims of ecological justice into human decision-making.


'This book by Brian Baxter is an impressive work of scholarship … It will remain a fixture in environmental studies for many years to come'.

Eric Laferriere, Environmental Politics, Vol 14, No 4.

Table of Contents

1. The Concept of Ecological Justice Part 1: How to Think About Moral Issues: Universalist Versus Contextualist Approaches 2. The Case for Social Constructivism Considered 3. Contextualist Rather than Universalist and Rationalist Morality? Part 2: The Case for the Moral Considerability of All Organisms 4. The Restriction of Moral Status to Sentient Organisms 5. The Moral Status of Non-Sentient Part 3: The Case for Ecological Justice 6. The Concept of Ecological Justice - Objections and Replies 7. Liberal Theories of Justice and the Non-Human 8. Ecological Justice and Justice as Impartiality 9. Ecological Justice and the Non-Sentient 10. Ecological Justice and the Sentient Part 4: Institutional Arrangements for Ecological Justice 11. Institutional Arrangements within States 12. Institutional Arrangements at the Global Level 13. Conclusion

About the Author

Brian Baxter is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Dundee, where he teaches environmental politics and political philosophy. He is also the author of Ecologism: an introduction (1999) and co-editor of Europe, Globalization and Sustainable Development (2004).

About the Series

Environmental Politics

Over recent years environmental politics has moved from a peripheral interest to a central concern within the discipline of politics. This series aims to reinforce this trend through the publication of books that investigate the nature of contemporary environmental politics and show the centrality of environmental politics to the study of politics per se. The series understands politics in a broad sense and books will focus on mainstream issues such as the policy process and new social movements as well as emerging areas such as cultural politics and political economy. Books in the series will analyse contemporary political practices with regards to the environment and/or explore possible future directions for the ‘greening’ of contemporary politics. The series will be of interest not only to academics and students working in the environmental field, but will also demand to be read within the broader discipline.

The series consists of two strands:

Environmental Politics addresses the needs of students and teachers, and the titles are published in paperback and hardback.

Routledge Research in Environmental Politics presents innovative new research intended for high-level specialist readership. These titles are published in hardback only.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography