This innovative book takes a new look at environmental ethics and the need for ecological and biological integrity. Laura Westra explores the necessity for radical alteration not only of interpersonal ethics, but also of social institutions and public policy. In the process, Westra denies the validity of majority rule in environmentally ethical concerns. Issues discussed in the book include the link between ecological integrity and human health; an environmental evaluation of business and technology; biotechnology and transgenics in agriculture and aquaculture; and the environmental ethics of the ancient Greeks and Kant. Living in Integrity is a valuable book for philosophers and environmentalists alike.
Laura Westra is professor emerita of philosophy at the University of Windsor and the author or editor of numerous books, including An Environmental Proposal for Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1994), Faces of Environmental Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), Perspectives on Ecological Integrity (Kluwer), The Greeks and the Environment (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997) and Technology and Values (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998). Bill Lawson is professor of philosophy at Michigan State University.
Part 1 Part 1 Chapter 2 Living with Integrity: The Problems and the Promise Chapter 3 The Link between Ecological Integrity and Human Health in the Present and the Future: Second-Order Principles Chapter 4 Environmental Risks, Rights, and the Failure of Liberal Democracy: Some Possible Remedies Part 5 Part II Chapter 6 Why We Need a Nonanthropocentric Environmental Evaluation of Technology for Public Policy Chapter 7 Development and Environmental Racism: The Case of Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni Chapter 8 Biotechnology and Transgenics in Agriculture and Aquaculture: The Perspective from Ecosystem Integrity Part 9 Part III Chapter 10 The Greeks and Kant: The Quest for Compatible Ethics Chapter 11 Integrity, Public Policy, and the Law: A Question of Sustainability Chapter 12 From Living with Integrity to Living in Integrity: Second-Order Principles for a Global Ethic Chapter 13 A Design for a Global Ethic Chapter 14 Index