Philosophy of Ecology

Philosophy of Ecology

1st Edition - April 28, 2011
  • Editors: Dov M. Gabbay, Paul Thagard, John Woods
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444516732
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080930756

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The most pressing problems facing humanity today — over-population, energy shortages, climate change, soil erosion, species extinctions, the risk of epidemic disease, the threat of warfare that could destroy all the hard-won gains of civilization, and even the recent fibrillations of the stock market — are all ecological or have a large ecological component. in this volume philosophers turn their attention to understanding the science of ecology and its huge implications for the human project.  To get the application of ecology to policy or other practical concerns right, humanity needs a clear and disinterested philosophical understanding of ecology which can help identify the practical lessons of science. Conversely, the urgent practical demands humanity faces today cannot help but direct scientific and philosophical investigation toward the basis of those ecological challenges that threaten human survival. This book will help to fuel the timely renaissance of interest in philosophy of ecology that is now occurring in the philosophical profession.

Key Features

  • Provides a bridge between philosophy and current scientific findings
  • Covers theory and applications
  • Encourages multi-disciplinary dialogue


Scholars, graduate students and policymakers with an interest in ecology

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Philosophy of Ecology Today by Bryson Brown and Kevin deLaplante
    Part 1. Philosophical Issues in the History and Science of Ecology
    Origins and Development of Ecology by Arnold van der Valk
    The Legend of Order and Chaos: Communities and Early Community Ecology by Christopher Eliot
    Philosophical Themes in the Work of Robert MacArthur by Jay Odenbaugh
    Embodied Realism and Invasive Species by Brendon M. H. Larson
    A Case Study in Concept Determination: Ecological Diversity by James Justus
    The Biodiversity-Ecosystem Function Debate in Ecology by Kevin deLaplante and Valentin Picasso
    A Dynamical Approach to Ecosystem Identity by John Collier and Graeme S. Cumming
    Symbiosis in Ecology and Evolution by Kent A. Peacock
    Ecology as Historical Science by Bryson Brown
    Part 2. Philosophical Issues and Conservation Science
    Environmental Ethics and Decision Theory: Fellow Travellers or Bitter Enemies? by Mark Colyvan and Katie Steele
    Postmodern Ecological Restoration: Choosing Appropriate Temporal and Spatial Scales by
    J. Baird Callicott
    Habitat Reconstruction: Moving Beyond Historical Fidelity by Sahotra Sarkar
    Modeling Sustainability in Economics and Ecology by Bryan G. Norton
    Diversity and the Good by Gregory M. Mikkelson

Product details

  • No. of pages: 444
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2011
  • Published: April 28, 2011
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444516732
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080930756

About the Series Editors

Dov M. Gabbay

Dov M. Gabbay is Augustus De Morgan Professor Emeritus of Logic at the Group of Logic, Language and Computation, Department of Computer Science, King's College London. He has authored over four hundred and fifty research papers and over thirty research monographs. He is editor of several international Journals, and many reference works and Handbooks of Logic.

Affiliations and Expertise

King's College London, UK

Paul Thagard

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Waterloo, Canada

John Woods

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

About the Series Volume Editors

Bryson Brown

Kevin de Laplante

Kent Peacock