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By J. Michael Martinez

ISBN-10: 1466559705

ISBN-13: 9781466559707

Protecting the normal setting and selling sustainability became vital pursuits, yet attaining such targets provides myriad demanding situations for even the main devoted environmentalist. American Environmentalism: Philosophy, historical past, and Public Policy examines even if competing pursuits may be reconciled whereas constructing constant, coherent, potent public coverage to control makes use of and defense of the normal setting with out destroying the nationwide economic climate. It then experiences a variety of attainable solutions.

The e-book delves into key normative options that undergird American views on nature by way of delivering an outline of philosophical techniques present in the western highbrow culture, the presuppositions inherent in neoclassical economics, and anthropocentric (human-centered) and biocentric (earth-centered) positions on sustainability. It lines the evolution of attitudes approximately nature from the time of the traditional Greeks via Europeans within the center a while and the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the yank Founders, the 19th and 20th centuries, and as much as the current. construction in this origin, the writer examines the political panorama as non-governmental companies (NGOs), leaders, and govt officers fight to stability business improvement with environmental concerns.

Outrageous claims, foolish misrepresentations, bogus arguments, absurd contentions, and overblown prophesies of forthcoming calamities are bandied approximately via many events on each side of the debate—industry spokespeople, elected representatives, unelected regulators, involved electorate, and environmental NGOs alike. In lieu of descending into this morass, the writer circumvents the silliness to discover the the most important matters via a extra concentrated, disciplined method. instead of interact in acrimonious debate over trivialities, as so frequently happens within the context of "green" claims, he recasts the difficulty in a manner that gives a cohesive examine each side. This attempt could be quixotic, yet how else to chop the Gordian knot?

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