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The Ethics of Nature

ISBN: 978-0-470-77524-0
272 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This accessible and timely book uses a Christian perspective to explore ethical debates about nature.

  • A detailed exploration of humanity’s treatment of the natural world from a Christian perspective.
  • Covers a range of ethical debates, including current controversies about the environment, animal rights, biotechnology, consciousness, and cloning.
  • Sets the immediate issues in the context of underlying theological and philosophical assumptions.
  • Complex scientific issues are explained in clear student-friendly language.
  • The author develops her own distinctive ethical approach centred on the practice of wisdom.
  • Discusses key figures in the field, including Peter Singer, Aldo Leopold, Tom Regan, Andrew Linzey, James Lovelock, Anne Primavesi, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Michael Northcott.
  • The author has held academic posts in both theology and plant science.
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Preface.

1. Introduction. The Recovery of Virtue for an Ethics of Nature.

2. Environmental Ethics.

3. Animal Rights.

4. The Ethics of Biotechnology.

5. The Ethics of Cloning.

6. Psychology and Moral Agency.

7. Ethics and Gaia.

8. Feminism and the Ethics of Nature.

9. Towards an Ethic of Wisdom.

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Celia E. Deane-Drummond is Professor of Theology and Biological Sciences at University College Chester and Director of the Centre for Religion and the Biosciences. Her recent publications include Creation Through Wisdom: Theology and the New Biology (2000), Biology and Theology Today: Exploring the Boundaries (2001), Re-Ordering Nature: Theology, Society and the New Genetics (ed., 2003) and Brave New World: Theology, Ethics and the Human Genome (ed., 2003).
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  • A detailed exploration of humanity’s treatment of the natural world from a Christian perspective.
  • Covers a range of ethical debates, including current controversies about the environment, animal rights, biotechnology, consciousness, and cloning.
  • Sets the immediate issues in the context of underlying theological and philosophical assumptions.
  • Complex scientific issues are explained in clear student-friendly language.
  • The author develops her own distinctive ethical approach centred on the practice of wisdom.
  • Discusses key figures in the field, including Peter Singer, Aldo Leopold, Tom Regan, Andrew Linzey, James Lovelock, Anne Primavesi, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Michael Northcott.
  • The author has held academic posts in both theology and plant science.
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"Celia Deane-Drummond, ... has a growing reputation in the field, which will be considerably enhanced by this clearly written, accessible and well documented, if demanding, text-book.... It has a clear and sustained argument, and extensive bibliographical notes and references; and it offers the chance to journey with one of the leaders in the field as she engages with important controversies concerning the environment." Dr David Atkinson, Bishope of Thetford, Church Times, April 2004

"The massive range of research and scholarship ... that Deane-Drummond's tome represents is breathtaking. I stongly recommend her text to any scholar or researcher genuinely serious about the subject matter....." Ecotheology

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