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Plant Ethics

Concepts and Applications, 1st Edition

Edited by Angela Kallhoff, Marcello Di Paola, Maria Schörgenhumer


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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.

Table of Contents

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)

About the Editors

Angela Kallhoff is a Professor of Ethics with special emphasis on Applied Ethics at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Marcello Di Paola is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Vienna, Austria, and Research and Teaching Fellow, Department of Political Science, LUISS University, Rome, Italy.

Maria Schörgenhumer is a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna, Austria.

About the Series

Routledge Environmental Humanities

From microplastics in the sea to hyper-trends such as global climate change, mega-extinction, and widening social disparities and displacement, we live on a planet undergoing tremendous flux and uncertainty. At the center of this transformation is human culture, both contributing to the state of the world and responding to planetary change. The Routledge Environmental Humanities Series seeks to engage with contemporary environmental challenges through the various lenses of the humanities and to explore foundational issues in environmental justice, multicultural environmentalism, ecofeminism, environmental psychology, environmental materialities and textualities, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, environmental communication and information management, multispecies relationships, and related topics. The series is premised on the notion that the arts, humanities, and social sciences, integrated with the natural sciences, are essential to comprehensive environmental studies.

The environmental humanities are a multidimensional discipline encompassing such fields as anthropology, history, literary and media studies, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, and women’s and gender studies; however, the Routledge Environmental Humanities is particularly eager to receive book proposals that explicitly cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, bringing the full force of multiple perspectives to illuminate vexing and profound environmental topics. We favor manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. Our readers include scholars and students from across the span of environmental studies disciplines and thoughtful citizens and policy makers interested in the human dimensions of environmental change.

Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]), 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

Series Editors:

Professor Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, USA

Professor Joni Adamson, Arizona State University, USA

Professor YUKI Masami, Kanazawa University, Japan

Previous editors:

Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney Research Fellow in History; Director, Sydney University Environment Institute.

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, Reader in Environmental History, University of Cambridge, UK

Editorial Board

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, 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, 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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Plants / General
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy