Outlines the features of ecological thought. This book examines two areas of environmental ethics including the relationship of human to non-human animals. It features case studies and highlights the difficulties of applying ideas of justice to environmental issues. It is intended for those with an interest in ecology and the environment.
* How should we understand nature and the environment? * What does it mean to be responsible for the environment? * Are social and political theories "anthropocentric" and if the answer is yes, how do we change them?
Ecological thinking within social and political theory has taken off in the past three decades. Green movements have had a dramatic impact upon political and social life, provoking conflicts of interest over major areas of public policy. This reader-friendly text examines the challenges of ecological thought for the assumptions within the traditions of social and political theory. Ecological concerns are often grafted onto existing approaches, but this book examines how the fundamental questions raised by a green perspective transform the terms of reference of modern thinking.
Mark J. Smith outlines the distinctive features of ecological thought and examines two contentious areas of environmental ethics: the obligations for present generations to future generations and the relationship of human to non-human animals. Through these case studies, the author highlights some of the difficulties and contradictions of applying conventional ideas of rights and justice to environmental issues, pointing the way to a new politics of obligation grounded upon ecological citizenship. Designed as an invaluable student text in environmental studies, politics and sociology, this book is essential reading for those with a wider interest in ecology and the environment.
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About Mark J. Smith
Mark J. Smith is Lecturer in Social Sciences at the Open University. He previously taught at the University of Sussex and has held Visiting Lectureships in Social Theory at Queen's University (Canada) and Cultural and Critical Theory at the University of Brighton. He teaches and researches in the philosophy of the social sciences, ecology, social and political theory, cultural politics, critical theory and sociology. His recent works include Social Science in Question (1998), Situating Hayek (1998) and Green Thinking: Classic and Contemporary Readings (forthcoming 1998).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction understanding nature Obligations to future generations and intergenerational justice Human and non-human animals Ecology, individualism and the social order The environment and human emancipation The prospects for ecological citizenship References Index.
Ecologism by Mark J. Smith
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