Respect for nature: A theory of environmental ethics

Paul W. Taylor, Dale Jamieson

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    What rational justification is there for conceiving of all living things as possessing inherent worth? InRespect for Nature, Paul Taylor draws on biology, moral philosophy, and environmental science to defend a biocentric environmental ethic in which all life has value. Without making claims for the moral rights of plants and animals, he offers a reasoned alternative to the prevailing anthropocentric view--that the natural environment and its wildlife are valued only as objects for human use or enjoyment.Respect for Natureprovides both a full account of the biological conditions for life--human or otherwise--and a comprehensive view of the complex relationship between human beings and the whole of nature.This classic book remains a valuable resource for philosophers, biologists, and environmentalists alike--along with all those who care about the future of life on Earth. A new foreword by Dale Jamieson looks at how the original 1986 edition ofRespect for Natureshaped has the study of environmental ethics, and shows why the work remains relevant to debates today.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationRespect for Nature
    Subtitle of host publicationA Theory of Environmental Ethics (25th Anniversary Edition)
    PublisherPrinceton University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780691150246
    StatePublished - Apr 11 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences
    • General Arts and Humanities


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