Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Moran and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Moran and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice

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Review: Moran and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice By Andrew Light and Avner De-Shalit (Eds.) Andrew Light and Avner De-Shalit (Eds.) Moral and Political Reasoning In Environmental Practice. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2003. 357 pp. ISBN 0-262-62164-9 (trade paper). US$27.95

The editors of this book, Andrew Light of New York University and Avner de- Shalit of Hebrew University, have assembled a dozen articles that challenge environmental assumptions and question environmental perspectives. They assert: "Our point, though, is that environmental philosophers should jump into these controversies, rather than standing on the sidelines discussing the metaphysical status of the restored forest preserve" (p. 18).

The arguments are powerful and commanding, and they do not always fall in line with the concerns of environmental activists. The authors categorize environmental concern as "intuition;" they are not very concerned with the advent of biotechnology; they view domestication as a problem on a par with hunting; they question indigenous people's property rights; and they question the need to restore the damaged environment. The assembled authors show how environmental philosophers can play a role in resolving environmental problems, but they do so in a way that asserts humanity's place in the natural world. Some of the entries challenge entrenched environmental positions and strategy.

But the book provides some useful tools to combat environmental problems. …

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