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Exploring Environmental Ethics

An Introduction


  • Provides an accessible introduction to major issues and debates in environmental ethics

  • Includes discussion of contributions to environmental ethics from political theory and business ethics

  • Addresses disciplinary conventions, terms borrowed from other fields, and other sources of cross-disciplinary confusion


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kimberly K. Smith
    Pages 1-5
  3. Kimberly K. Smith
    Pages 7-22
  4. Kimberly K. Smith
    Pages 23-39
  5. Kimberly K. Smith
    Pages 41-56
  6. Kimberly K. Smith
    Pages 57-65
  7. Kimberly K. Smith
    Pages 67-76
  8. Kimberly K. Smith
    Pages 77-88
  9. Kimberly K. Smith
    Pages 89-96
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 97-100

About this book


This book is designed as a basic text for courses that are part of an interdisciplinary program in environmental studies. The intended reader is anyone who expects environmental stewardship to be an important part of his or her life, as a citizen, a policy maker, or an environmental management professional.  In addition to discussing major issues in environmental ethics, it invites readers to think about how an ethicist's perspective differs from the perspectives encountered in other environmental studies courses.  Additional topics covered include corporate social responsibility, ecological citizenship, property theory, and the concept of stewardship as a vocation.


environmental stewardship environmental ethics corporate social responsiblity theories of justice environmental citizenship property theory environmental aesthetics stewardship as a vocation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Carleton CollegeNorthfieldUSA

About the authors

Kimberly Smith is Professor of Environmental Studies and Political Science at Carleton College, teaching courses in political theory, constitutional law, environmental ethics and environmental politics.  She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.  Her publications include African American Environmental Thought (University Press of Kansas, 2007) and Governing Animals: Animal Welfare and the Liberal State (Oxford University Press, 2012).

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