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- DescriptionThis book shows why political theorists must take account of ecological concerns as part of their core enterprise, and how they can do so. It mounts a challenge to the received wisdom, of political theorists and their ecological critics alike, that specifically ecological values go against human interests. In Part I, Hayward criticizes those accounts of ecological values which appeal to naturea s a intrinsic valuea or advocate a a n--anthropolocentrica ethic. Such appeals are bound to fail, he argues, t because their moral impulse is too demanding but because a valuesa unrelated to human interests are conceptually incoherent. Insisting on them is politically counterproductive. Part II reveals how it is actually in humansa interests to integrate ecological concern into political institutions and policies. Following a nuanced discussion of a self--interesta , Hayward goes on to show how some ecological problems can be solved by harnessing humansa rational self--interest to market--based and fiscal policies, and others by using more enlightened interests in the provision of social goods. The argument regarding ecological problems that affect n--humans more directly than humans is that humans have an interest in self--respect and integrity which provides reasons to respect n--human beings and their environmental interests. The concluding chapter indicates how the articulation of ecological values in terms of interests makes it possible to integrate them into a political theory of basic social institutions. This book will be of interest to students and scholars in political theory and environmental studies.
- Author BiographyTim Hayward is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Edinburgh.
- Author(s)Tim Hayward
- PublisherPolity Press
- Date of Publication09/12/1998
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolity Press
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- Weight350 g
- Width154 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
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