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Robin Attfield

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

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Environmental Philosophy and Environmental Ethics for Sustainability1
Environmental Philosophy and Environmental Ethics for Sustainability
Robin Attfield
Introduction

Environmental Philosophy is the study of the concepts and principles relating to human interactions with nature and the natural environment, to related presuppositions about the relation of humanity and nature, and to practical implications for both individuals and societies. Environmental Ethics is a key branch of Environmental Philosophy, and studies relevant normative issues, values and principles. This chapter reviews the history, scope and development of Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, presents some of the key issues in these continually broadening fields, and considers possibilities and prospects for their further development.

Some of the relevant concepts, principles, issues and values were used and/or debated during the ancient, medieval and early modern periods, and ...

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