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Justice and Nature Kantian Philosophy, Environmental Policy, and the Law

by John Martin Gillroy, Robert Paehlke

Part of the American Governance and Public Policy series Series

Justice and Nature Kantian Philosophy, Environmental Policy, and the Law Synopsis

Most decision making in environmental policy today is based on the economic cost-benefit argument. Criticizing the shortcomings of the market paradigm, John Martin Gillroy proposes an alternative way to conceptualize and create environmental policy, one that allows for the protection of moral and ecological values in the face of economic demands. Drawing on Kantian definitions of who we are as citizens, how we act collectively, and what the proper role of the state is, Gillroy develops a philosophical justification for incorporating non-market values into public decision making. His new paradigm for justice toward nature integrates the intrinsic value of humanity and nature into the law. To test the feasibility of this new approach, Gillroy applies it to six cases: wilderness preservation, national wildlife refuges, not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) siting dilemmas, comparative risk analysis, the Food and Drug Administration's risk regulation, and the National Environmental Policy Act. He also encourages others to adapt his framework to create alternative policy models from existing philosophies. This book offers new insights, models, and methods for policymakers and analysts and for scholars in philosophy, political theory, law, and environmental studies.

Justice and Nature Kantian Philosophy, Environmental Policy, and the Law Press Reviews

An ambitious book. Political Studies Review Gillroy contributes to scholarly debates in an unusually wide range of disciplines. American Politics

Book Information

ISBN: 9780878407965
Publication date: 13th August 2001
Author: John Martin Gillroy, Robert Paehlke
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 496 pages
Categories: Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900, Environmentalist thought & ideology, Law,

About John Martin Gillroy, Robert Paehlke

John Martin Gillroy is John D. MacArthur Professor of Environmental Policy and Law at Bucknell University, where he also is director of the Environmental Studies Program. His previous books include Environmental Risk, Environmental Values and Political Choices: Beyond Efficiency Tradeoffs in Policy Analysis(Westview, 1993) and The Moral Dimensions of Public Policy Choice: Beyond the Market Paradigm(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992).

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