The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics

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University Press of Kentucky, Jul 7, 2010 - Nature - 323 pages

As industry and technology proliferate in modern society, sustainability has jumped to the forefront of contemporary political and environmental discussions. The balance between progress and the earth's ability to provide for its inhabitants grows increasingly precarious as we attempt to achieve sustainable development.

In The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics, Paul B. Thompson articulates a new agrarian philosophy, emphasizing the vital role of agrarianism in modern agricultural practices. Thompson, a highly regarded voice in environmental philosophy, unites concepts of agrarian philosophy, political theory, and environmental ethics to illustrate the importance of creating and maintaining environmentally conscious communities. Thompson describes the evolution of agrarian values in America, following the path blazed by Thomas Jefferson, John Steinbeck, and Wendell Berry.

Providing a pragmatic approach to ecological responsibility and commitment, The Agrarian Vision is a significant, compelling argument for the practice of a reconfigured and expanded agrarianism in our efforts to support modern industrialized culture while also preserving the natural world.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Sustainability and Environmental Philosophy
18
The Philosophy of Farming in America
42
Political Values and the Future of US Agriculture
62
The Moral Significance of Land
87
Farming as a Focal Practice
111
Food and Community
136
Why Philosophy Matters for Agricultural Policy
155
Sustainability as a Norm
215
Sustainability
234
Sustainability Social Movements and Hope
256
Conclusion
277
Notes
293
References
301
Index
319
Back Cover
325

Sustainability and the Social Goals of Agriculture
175
The Road to Sustainability
196

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Paul B. Thompson, the W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food, and Community Ethics at Michigan State University, is the author of numerous books including The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics. He lives in Lansing, Michigan.

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