Environmental Dilemmas

Environmental Dilemmas : Ethical Decision Making

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Because many people and ecosystems share-or constitute-any given place, they all have a stake in the outcome of what any of us do in regard to environmental problems. It is not surprising that issues are hotly contested given the many divergent interests, needs, and preferences of a community's members, much less those of people "downstream" who are affected by the consequences of our actions or of "outside" parties who play a part, including those who would speak on behalf of the ecosystems. Thus, we not only must make careful individual decisions concerning the environment, but need to improve the way we operate socially, especially given the roles and responsibilities we have as environmental professionals, private-sector developers, public policy-makers and staff, or engaged citizens. To aid in resolving our environmental dilemmas, Mugerauer and Manzo focus on the decision making process. Their goal is to help readers become more aware of the worldviews, beliefs, and values that enter into the decisions they make and to better resolve differences with others.
To guide readers in thinking about their own positions and how to approach ethical decisions, Mugerauer and Manzo employ a number of exercises and cases to investigate the choices and issues that different stakeholders face (for example, concerning sustainability). Additionally, the book presents alternatives in terms of formalized ethical principles, the major ethical theories, and professional codes of ethics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 410 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 38.1mm | 793.78g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739120573
  • 9780739120576

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 1. Reflection, Responsibility, and Decision-Making Chapter 3 2. The Environmental Professions, Reflection, and Responsibility Chapter 4 3. Principles and Rules Chapter 5 4. Major Ethical Theories Chapter 6 5. Reframing Sustainability: Environmental and Social Responsibility Chapter 7 6. Professional Codes and Beyond
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Review quote

It does a real service by showing that the diverse envrionmental design professions have more similarities than differences when it comes to ethical reasoning. Environmental Ethics, Winter 2009 Over the last decades, many books have been published in the field of environmental ethics. Far too few link ethics to practical strategies for environmental decision making. Finally, here is a book that makes a real difference: this important volume breaks new ground by moving beyond abstract theorizing and focusing instead on how to actually make environmental decisions in a responsible manner. -- Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, Centre for Environment, University of Toronto
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About Lynne C. Manzo

Robert Mugerauer is professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington. Lynne Manzo is associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington.
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