Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection

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Columbia University Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 311 pages
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In the last few decades, religious and secular thinkers have tackled the world's escalating environmental crisis by attempting to develop an ecological ethic that is both scientifically accurate and free of human-centered preconceptions. This groundbreaking study shows that many of these environmental ethicists continue to model their positions on romantic, pre-Darwinian concepts that disregard the predatory and cruelly competitive realities of the natural world. Examining the work of such influential thinkers as James Gustafson, Sallie McFague, Rosemary Radford Ruether, John Cobb, Peter Singer, and Holmes Rolston, Sideris proposes a more realistic ethic that combines evolutionary theory with theological insight, advocates a minimally interventionist stance toward nature, and values the processes over the products of the natural world.

  

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Contents

Introduction i
8
The Best of All Possible Worlds
67
The Ecological Model and the Reanimation of Nature
91
Darwinian Equality for
131
Philosophical and Theological Critiques of Ecological Theology
167
A Comprehensive Naturalized Ethic
217
Conclusion
253
Finitude and Responsibility
263
notes
269
works cited
301
INDEX
307
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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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