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The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics

William P. Kabasenche, Michael O'Rourke, and Matthew H. Slater

Abstract

Philosophical reflections on the environment began with early philosophers’ invocation of a cosmology that mixed natural and supernatural phenomena. Today, the central philosophical problem posed by the environment involves not what it can teach us about ourselves and our place in the cosmic order but rather how we can understand its workings in order to make better decisions about our own conduct regarding it. The resulting inquiry spans different areas of contemporary philosophy, many of which are represented by the fifteen chapters in this book. The chapters first consider conceptual proble ... More

Keywords: cosmology, supernatural phenomena, environment, cosmic order, advances in biology, ecology, ecological communities, adaptation, scientific consensus, environmental decision making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017404
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017404.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William P. Kabasenche, editor

Michael O'Rourke, editor

Matthew H. Slater, editor

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