Large parts of our world are filled with plants, and human life depends on, interacts with, affects and is affected by plant life in various ways. Yet plants have not received nearly as much attention from philosophers and ethicists as they deserve. In environmental philosophy, plants are often swiftly subsumed under the categories of "all living things" and rarely considered thematically. There is a need for developing a more sophisticated theoretical understanding of plants and their practical role in human experience.
Plant Ethics: Concepts and Applications aims at opening a philosophical discussion that may begin to fill that gap. The book investigates issues in plants ontology, ethics and the role of plants and their cultivation in various fields of application. It explores and develops important concepts to shape and frame plants-related philosophical questions accurately, including new ideas of how to address moral questions when confronted with plants in concrete scenarios.
This edited volume brings together for the first time, and in an interdisciplinary spirit, contemporary approaches to plant ethics by international scholars of established reputation. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of Philosophy and Ethics.
Introduction (Angela Kallhoff, Marcello Di Paola, Maria Schörgenhumer) PART I: Concepts and Approaches – Setting the Stage for Plant Ethics 1. The Value of Plants: On the Axiologies of Plants (Gianfranco Pellegrino) 2. Utilitarian Plant Ethics (Tatjana Višak) 3. Is Considering the Interests of Plants Absurd? (Ronald Sandler) 4. The Flourishing of Plants: A Neo-Aristotelian Approach to Plant Ethics (Angela Kallhoff) 5. The Dignity of Plants. An Overview of the Discussion in German-speaking Countries (Sabine Odparlik) 6. Facing Only Outwards? Plant Bodily Morphogenesis and Ethical Conceptual Genesis (Karen Houle) 7. Plants as Open Beings: From Aesthetics to Plant–Human Ethics (Sylvie Pouteau) 8. What Do We Mean by a Relational Ethics? Growing a Relational Approach to the Moral Standing of Plants, Robots, and Other Non-Humans (Mark Coeckelbergh) 9. Caring for Plants: Cultivating Relational Virtues (Maria Schörgenhumer) PART II: Appreciations and Applications 10. Forest Ethics (Robin Attfield) 11. On the Relationships between Agriculture and Landscape (Paolo D’Angelo) 12. Resonance with Nature and Its Loss (Angelika Krebs) 13. Plant Risks: Can Risk Assessment Accommodate "Cultural Services"? (Paul B. Thompson) 14. Utopia in the Garden: New Utopian and Dystopian Thinking in Current Debates on Nature, Agriculture and Food (Christian Dürnberger) 15. "Growing Your Own" – Gardens, Plants and the Good Life (David E. Cooper) 16. "Hey Plants, Take a Walk on the Wild Side!" The Ethics of Seeds and Seed Banks (Nicole Karafyllis) 17. CRISPR/Cas in Crop Breeding: Why Ethics Still Matter (Frauke Pirscher) 18. ‘Digital’ Plants and the Rise of Responsible Precision Agriculture (Vincent Blok & Bart Gremmen) 19. On Robots and Plants: The Case of the Plantoid, a Robotic Artifact Inspired by Plants (Barbara Mazzolai & Pericle Salvini)
The Routledge Environmental Humanities series is an original and inspiring venture recognising that today’s world agricultural and water crises, ocean pollution and resource depletion, global warming from greenhouse gases, urban sprawl, overpopulation, food insecurity and environmental justice are all crises of culture.
The reality of understanding and finding adaptive solutions to our present and future environmental challenges has shifted the epicenter of environmental studies away from an exclusively scientific and technological framework to one that depends on the human-focused disciplines and ideas of the humanities and allied social sciences.
We thus welcome book proposals from all humanities and social sciences disciplines for an inclusive and interdisciplinary series. We favour manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. The readership comprises scholars and students from the humanities and social sciences and thoughtful readers concerned about the human dimensions of environmental change.
Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (Rebecca.Brennan@tandf.co.uk) to submit proposals
Praise for A Cultural History of Climate Change (2016):
A Cultural History of Climate Change shows that the humanities are not simply a late-arriving appendage to Earth System science, to help in the work of translation. These essays offer distinctive insights into how and why humans reason and imagine their ‘weather-worlds’ (Ingold, 2010). We learn about the interpenetration of climate and culture and are prompted to think creatively about different ways in which the idea of climate change can be conceptualised and acted upon beyond merely ‘saving the planet’.
Professor Mike Hulme, King's College London, in Green Letters
Professor Libby Robin, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra; Guest Professor of Environmental History, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden.
Dr Paul Warde, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, UK.
Christina Alt, St Andrews University, UK, Alison Bashford, University of New South Wales, Australia, Peter Coates, University of Bristol, UK, Thom van Dooren, University of New South Wales, Australia, Georgina Endfield, Liverpool UK, Jodi Frawley, University of Western Australia, Andrea Gaynor, The University of Western Australia, Australia, Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA,□ Tom Lynch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA, Iain McCalman, University of Sydney, Australia, Jennifer Newell, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia, Simon Pooley, Imperial College London, UK, Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Ann Waltner, University of Minnesota, US, Jessica Weir, University of Western Sydney, Australia
International Advisory Board
William Beinart,University of Oxford, UK, Jane Carruthers, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, USA, Paul Holm, Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Shen Hou, Renmin University of China, Beijing, Rob Nixon, Princeton University, USA, Pauline Phemister, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK, Deborah Bird Rose, University of New South Wales, Australia, Sverker Sörlin, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Helmuth Trischler, Deutsches Museum, Munich and Co-Director, Rachel Carson Centre, LMU Munich University, Germany, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University, USA, Kirsten Wehner, University of London, UK