Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics
Edited by Avram Hiller, Ramona Ilea, Leonard Kahn
Routledge – 2014 – 194 pages
This volume works to connect issues in environmental ethics with the best work in contemporary normative theory. Environmental issues challenge contemporary ethical theorists to account for topics that traditional ethical theories do not address to any significant extent. This book articulates and evaluates consequentialist responses to that challenge. Contributors provide a thorough and well-rounded analysis of the benefits and limitations of the consequentialist perspective in addressing environmental issues. In particular, the contributors use consequentialist theory to address central questions in environmental ethics, such as questions about what kinds of things have value; about decision-making in light of the long-term, intergenerational nature of environmental issues; and about the role that a state’s being natural should play in ethical deliberation.
Introduction: Consequentialism and EnvironmentalEthics Avram Hillerand Leonard Kahn Part 1: The Structure of Environmental Value 1. Can Biocentric Consequentialism Meet Pluralist Criticisms? Robin Attfield 2. Indirect, Multidimensional Consequentialism Alan Carter 3. Consequentialist and Non-Consequentialist Value Frameworks in Environmental Ethics Katie McShane Part 2: Consequentialism and Environmental Decision-Making 4. Consequences and Environmental Conflict Alan Holland 5. Evaluative Uncertainty and Environmental Ethics Krister Bykvist 6. Future People and Environmental Shares Allen Habib 7. Addressing Climate Change through Human Engineering: A Consequentialist Approach Leonard Kahn Part 3: Nature and Consequentialist Theory 8. Wildness and Inertia Ben Bradley 9. Can We Remediate Wrongs? Benjamin Hale 10. Moral Bookkeeping and Environmental Restitution Julia Driver 11. System Consequentialism Avram Hiller 12. John Stuart Mill's Green Liberalism Wendy Donner
Avram Hiller is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University, USA
Ramona Ilea is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pacific University, USA
Leonard Kahn is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, New Orleans, USA