By Neil Carter
The continual upward thrust within the profile of our surroundings in politics displays transforming into problem that we will be dealing with a large-scale ecological concern. the hot variation of this hugely acclaimed textbook surveys the politics of our surroundings, delivering a entire and comparative creation to its 3 elements: principles, activism and coverage. half I explores environmental philosophy and eco-friendly political suggestion; half II considers events and environmental routine; and half III analyses policy-making and environmental matters at foreign, nationwide and native degrees. This moment version has been completely up-to-date with new and revised discussions of many issues together with the ecological kingdom, ecological citizenship, ecological modernisation and the vegetables in executive and in addition comprises an extra bankruptcy on 'Globalisation, alternate and the Environment'. in addition to contemplating a large choice of examples from all over the world, this textbook includes a word list, courses to additional examine, bankruptcy summaries and demanding questions all through.
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Note 1 Dobson uses the term ‘environmentalism’ rather than ‘reformism’, but his is a very particular use of the term which can give rise to confusion, for example, when discussing ‘modern environmentalism’ or the ‘environmental movement’. 12 Environmental philosophy 2 Contents Staking out the territory Types of value The anthropocentric–ecocentric divide A green theory of value? Holistic perspectives Moral extensionism Animal liberationism Moral extensionism as an environmental ethic Conclusion: Breaking down the anthropocentric–ecocentric divide Further reading 14 14 15 17 19 26 26 32 35 38 Key issues ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ ◗ What are the main theories and debates in environmental philosophy?
5), animal liberationism emerged from the separate animal protection tradition. Animal liberationists have mobilised their arguments in support of vegetarianism, and in opposition to hunting, the fur trade, modern farming practices and vivisection. The animal liberation literature has focused on protecting individual creatures (rather than whole species) by employing prevailing moral discourses to argue that the moral consideration shown to humans should be extended to a range of non-human creatures.
Deep ecology is the most prominent ecocentric position (Naess 1973, 1989; Devall and Sessions 1985), although other ‘deep’ positions exist, such as ‘transpersonal ecology’ (Fox 1990). Adapted, with amendments, from Vincent (1993: 256). 2 For many observers and activists, an acceptance of a non-anthropocentric perspective is the litmus test for being green; it is what distinguishes ecologism from other political ideologies (Eckersley 1992). It will be argued below, however, that the attempt to draw a sharp conceptual distinction between anthropocentrism and ecocentrism is at best misguided, at worst, untenable.
The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy by Neil Carter