Geography and Ethics: Journeys in a Moral Terrain

Geography and Ethics: Journeys in a Moral Terrain

Geography and Ethics: Journeys in a Moral Terrain

Geography and Ethics: Journeys in a Moral Terrain

Synopsis

Geography and Ethics examines the place of geography in ethics and of ethics in geography by drawing together specially commissioned contributors from distinguished scholars from around the world.

Excerpt

Although geographers have long touched on questions related to ethics, there has been a significant recent pulse of theory and activity in this area. in the last several years, sessions related to geography and ethics have held a prominent place in numerous geography (and some philosophy) conferences, new research emphasis groups, such as the Values, Ethics, and Justice Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, and the Society for Philosophy and Geography, have been formed, and publications by geographers on ethics have grown exponentially—indeed, geographers have even launched a new journal, Ethics, Place and Environment, devoted to this overlapping terrain.

The intent of this volume is to reach out to both academics and the broader community interested in what geographers have to say about some of the profound ethical issues of our time. the volume draws together a diverse set of original essays which, individually and collectively, point to the rich interplay between geography and moral philosophy or ethics. Although its origins trace back to a number of intellectual concerns in geography (as reviewed in the Introduction), its immediate antecedent was an initiative known as the Geography/ Ethics Project (GEP), whose participants exchanged essays and ideas during 1996 and 1997, culminating in an all-day workshop held at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers held in Fort Worth, Texas in April 1997. the notion of this volume arose from that workshop; we subsequently appealed both to gep participants and geographers throughout the English-speaking world (a regrettable practical constraint) to contribute original essays exploring the place of ethics in geography, of geography in ethics, and/or the ways in which ethics mattered to them intellectually and personally. the result, we trust you will discover, suggests the important voice offered by the geographical perspective on theoretical and practical issues of ethics.

The editors would like to extend appreciation to all geographers whose work has urged us to produce this volume, and especially to its essayists for their hard work on such a relatively short production schedule—our aim was high and our timetable was demanding! We also appreciate the nurturing attitude of Sarah Carty and Sarah Lloyd at Routledge, who gave this volume such strong support throughout its development, and Eric West and two anonymous reviewers, who each took time to provide feedback on the entire volume. David Smith’s

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