1st Edition

The Ecological Community

Edited By Roger S. Gottlieb Copyright 1997

    The Ecological Community offers important and previously unexplored responses to the environmental crisis. The premise of this volume, writes editor Roger Gottlieb, is that the environmental crisis challenges the presuppositions of--and creates a rich field of creative work in--philosophy, politics, and moral theory. These eighteen essays are fresh and compelling interrogations of the existing wisdom in a host of areas, including liberalism, communicative ethics, rights theory and environmental philosophy itself. Contributors : Avner de-Shalit, Gus diZerega, Roger S. Gottlieb, Eric Katz, Robert Kirkman, Andrew Light, Brian Luke, David Macauley, Mark A. Michael, Carl Mitcham, John O'Neill, Holmes Rolston III, David Schlosberg, William Throop, Steven Vogel, Mark I. Wallace, Peter S. Wenz, Michael E. Zimmerman.

    1: Environmental Challenges for Political Theory and Philosophy; 1: Environmentalism and Human Oppression; 2: Time, Narrative, and Environmental Politics; 3: The Rationale for Environmental Restoration; 4: Empathy, Society, Nature, and the Relational Self; 5: Is Liberalism Environment-Friendly?; 6: Be-wildering Order; 2: Environmental Theory and Moral Questions; 7: A Sleepless Ethicist and Some of His Acquaintances; 8: Imperialism and Environmentalism; 9: Habermas and the Ethics of Nature; 10: The Problem of Knowledge in Environmental Thought; 11: Feeding People versus Saving Nature?; 3: Struggle Up Close; 12: Ecofascism; 13: Materialists, Ontologists, and Environmental Pragmatists; 14: Challenging Pluralism; 15: Environmental Justice, Neopreservationism, and Sustainable Spirituality; 16: International Justice and Wilderness Preservation; 17: Solidarity Across Diversity; 18: The Sustainability Question


    Roger S. Gottlieb is Paris Fletcher Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His books include Marxism 1844-1990: Origins, Betrayal, Rebirth (Routledge, 1992) and most recently, This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment (Routledge, 1995).

    "Gottlieb... has assembled an impressive cast of philosophers and political scientists that reveals the diversity and depth of current philosophical approaches to the environment." -- Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
    "The eighteen essays in this diverse and almost uniformly excellent collection address questions of justice, imperialism, and sustainability, tensions between liberalism and environmentalism, the importance of time and history, and the role of science in environmental ethics." -- Ethics