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Environmental Philosophy

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Acknowledgments ix List of Acronyms xi 1 Introduction 1 2 What Is the Environment? 13 3 Ethics for the Environment 38 4 From Ethics to Policy 65 5 Biodiversity and Conservation 98 6 Environmental Restoration 130 7 Sustainability 157 8 Justice and Equity 174 9 Where Does This Leave Us? 196 Glossary 202 References 204 Index 219

About the Author

Sahotra Sarkar specializes in the history and philosophy ofscience and conservation biology; he helped develop the frameworkfor systematic conservation planning for the protection ofbiodiversity (as co-author, with Chris Margules, of SystematicConservation Planning). He also co-edited The Philosophy ofScience: An Encyclopedia and A Companion to the Philosophyof Biology. He is the author of Doubting Darwin?:Creationist Designs on Evolution (Blackwell), Genetics andReductionism, Molecular Models of Life, and Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy. He is a professorof Philosophy and Integrative Biology at the University of Texas atAustin.


Sarkar deftly weaves the humanities and ecological science into a convincing argument that environmental conservation and management are social, economic and political, and thus philosophical and cultural, problems as much as they are ecological and biological ones; maybe even more so. Not only students of philosophy should read this book but also conservation biologists. It will enlighten them. Chris Margules AM, Conservation International

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