A core text on the philosophy and theory of geography A module like philosophy/theory/history of geography is compulsory in most undergraduate degree programmes. Although the focus in these modules is usually on Human Geography, students of Physical Geography and Environmental Geography also have to take these modules. As well as providing an overview of the ideas The Foundations of Geographic Enquiry is written to be specifically accessible to – and used by – Human Geographers and Physical Geographers.
Chapter 9: Moral Philosophy and Ethics: Right and Wrong in Geography
Moral Philosophy and Ethics: Right and Wrong in Geography
Introduction: Understanding Ethics
Picture yourself in the following scenario. It is your friend's birthday (girlfriend, boyfriend, housemate – whoever you like). Neither of you can afford to go out, but you would like to mark the occasion in some way. On your way home you call into a shop to buy a bottle of wine and some Pringles, your friend's favourite. It comes to £6.80. You hand over a £10 note, but you are given change for £20. Do you say anything, or do you keep the money? What should you do? The question is one of ethics. While this scenario is a simple one, an important ...