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256 pp.,
ISBN: 9780878407811 (0878407812)

January 2000
LC: 99-053928
Sales Rights: U.S. and Canada


Table of Contents

An Introduction
Brian Baxter

Winner, American Library Association's Best of the Best from University Presses Award
Ecologism is a new political ideology based on the position that the non-human world is worthy of moral consideration, and that this should be taken into account in social, economic, and political systems. This innovative book provides the first comprehensive introduction to this philosophy, which is recognized as a major development in environmental politics.

Brian Baxter probes the metaphysical, moral, political, and economic facets of ecologism. Bringing the central themes of contemporary political theory into contact with green political theory, he compares ecologism to such mainstream ideologies as utilitarianism, Rawlsian liberalism, libertarianism, Marxism, and feminism. An innovative contribution to environmental ethics and political philosophy, this book provides new insights into and solutions to the problematic relationship between society and nature.
Brian Baxter is a lecturer in politics at the University of Dundee.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Metaphysics
3. Biology and Ecologism: The Case of Sociobiology

4. The Moral Theory of Ecologism
5. Moral Considerability and Moral Trade-offs

6. Ecologism's Political Philosophy: Human Nature, the Human Predicament and Political Morality
7. Ecologism's Political Philosophy: Political Morality and Meta-issues
8. Ecologism and Contemporary Political Philosophy: Utilitarianism, Rawlsian Liberalism and Libertarianism
9. Ecologism and Contemporary Political Philosophy: Marxism, Communitarianism and Feminism

Political Economy
10. Can Ecologism Transform Capitalism?: Sustainable Development, Ecological Modernisation and Economic Democracy
11. Alternatives to 'Greened' Capitalism: Market Socialism and Global Ecology
12. Conclusion