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John Dewey and Environmental Philosophy
John Dewey and Environmental Philosophy
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Hugh P. McDonald - Author
SUNY series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
Price: $68.50 
Hardcover - 247 pages
Release Date: November 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5873-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5873-0

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Paperback - 247 pages
Release Date: November 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5874-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5874-7

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A comprehensive look at how John Dewey's ethics can inform environmental issues.

Hugh P. McDonald's John Dewey and Environmental Philosophy breaks new ground by applying Dewey's insights to a new approach to philosophy of the environment; the concern for the rights of animals; the preservation of rare species, habitats, and landscapes; and the health of the whole ecology. The book summarizes much of the current literature on environmental ethics, concentrating on the writings of major figures in the movement: Tom Regan, J. Baird Callicott, Holmes Rolston, and Bryan Norton. The heart of the book consists of a detailed analysis of Dewey's ethics, his theory of intrinsic value, and his holistic approach to moral justification. Arguing against the idea that Dewey's philosophy is anthropocentric, McDonald makes a strong case that using Dewey's philosophy will result in a superior framework for environmental ethics.

“…McDonald’s book is an important catalyst to a continued examination of pragmatism, and Dewey in particular, in environmental ethics.” — Contemporary Pragmatism

"McDonald displays a deep understanding of Dewey's philosophy and skillfully and imaginatively builds convincing arguments on Dewey's behalf." — Tom Colwell, New York University

Hugh P. McDonald teaches philosophy at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He is the author of Political Philosophy and Ideology: A Critique of Political Essentialism.


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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

PREFACE

1. Environmental Ethics and Intrinsic Value

PROLOGUE TO CHAPTER TWO

The Setting of the Problem of Pragmatism and the Environment: The Critique of Pragmatism as an Environmental Ethics in Taylor, Bowers, Katz, and Weston

2. Dewey's Naturalism

3. Dewey's Instrumentalism

4. Dewey's (Moral) Holism

5. Dewey's Ethics as a Basis for Environmental Issues

EPILOGUE: Pragmatism and Environmental Ethics

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX



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