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1st Edition

Environmental Pragmatism

Edited By

Eric Katz


Andrew Light

ISBN 9780415122375
Published March 27, 1996 by Routledge
372 Pages

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Book Description

Environmental pragmatism is a new strategy in environmental thought. It argues that theoretical debates are hindering the ability of the environmental movement to forge agreement on basic policy imperatives. This new direction in environmental thought moves beyond theory, advocating a serious inquiry into the merits of moral pluralism. Environmental pragmatism, as a coherent philosophical position, connects the methodology of classical American pragmatic thought to the explanation, solution and discussion of real issues.
This concise, well-focused collection is the first comprehensive presentation of environmental pragmatism as a new philosophical approach to environmental thought and policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Andrew Light, Eric Katz; Part 1 Environmental Thought and Classical American Philosophy; Chapter 1 Pragmatism and Environmental Thought, Kelly A. Parker; Chapter 2 How Pragmatism is an Environmental Ethic, Sandra B. Rosenthal, Rogene A. Buchholz; Chapter 3 Nature as Culture, Larry A. Hickman; Chapter 4 The Environmental Value in G. H. Mead’s Cosmology, Ari Santas; Chapter 5 The Constancy of Leopold’s Land Ethic, Bryan G. Norton; Part 2 Pragmatist Theory and Environmental Philosphy; Chapter 6 Integration or Reduction, Bryan G. Norton; Chapter 7 Before Environmental Ethics, Anthony Weston; Chapter 8 Compatibilism in Political Ecology, Andrew Light; Part 3 Pragmatist Approaches To Environmental Problems; Chapter 9 Pragmatism and Policy, Paul B. Thompson; Chapter 10 Towards a Pragmatic Approach to Definition, Edward Schiappa; Chapter 11 A Pluralistic, Pragmatic and Evolutionary Approach to Natural Resource Management, Emery N. Castle; Chapter 12 Laws of Nature VS. Laws of Respect, David Rothenberg; Chapter 13 Teaching Environmental Ethics as a Method of Conflict Management, Gary E. Varner, Susan J. Gilbertz, Tarla Rai Peterson; Part 4 Environmental Pragmatism; Chapter 14 Beyond Intrinsic Value, Anthony Weston; Chapter 15 Searching for Intrinsic Value, Eric Katz; Chapter 16 Unfair to Swamps, Anthony Weston, Eric Katz; Chapter 17 Environmental Pragmatism as Philosophy or Metaphilosophy?, Andrew Light;

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Andrew Light is a research fellow in the Environmental Health Program and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta, Canada.,
Eric Katz is Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.