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.
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
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).
'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.