Postmodern Environmental Ethics

Edited by Max Oelschlaeger

Subjects: Postmodernism
Paperback : 9780791425480, 348 pages, August 1995
Hardcover : 9780791425473, 348 pages, August 1995

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Table of contents


Max Oelschlaeger

Part I. Language and Environmental Ethics

1.   Postmodern Environmental Ethics: Ethics as Bioregional Narrative

Jim Cheney

2.   Nature and Silence

Christopher Manes

3.   Merleau-Ponty and the Voice of the Earth

David Abram

4.   Class, Race, and Gender Discourse in the
Ecofeminism/Deep Ecology Debate

Ariel Salleh

5.   Green Reason: Communicative Ethics for the Biosphere

John S. Dryzek

Part II. Environmental Ethics, Postmodern Politics, and the Other

6.   Radical Environmentalism and the Political Roots of Postmodernism: Differences That Make a Difference

Robert Frodeman

7.   The Incarceration of Wildness: Wilderness Areas as Prisons

Thomas H. Birch

8.   The Call of the Wild: The Struggle Against Domination and the Technological Fix of Nature

Eric Katz

9.   Rethinking Resistance: Environmentalism, Literature, and
Poststructural Theory

Peter Quigley

10.   Traditional American Indian and Western European Attitudes Toward Nature: An Overview

J. Baird Callicott

Part III. Systematic Environmental Ethics Reconsidered

11.   Before Environmental Ethics

Anthony Weston

12.   Moral Pluralism and the Course of Environmental Ethics

Christopher D. Stone

13.   Cheney and the Myth of Postmodernism

Mick Smith

14.   Quantum Theory, Intrinsic Value, and Panentheism

Michael E. Zimmerman

15.   Christian Existence in a World of Limits

John Cobb, Jr.


Explains the role of language in causing and in resolving the ecocrisis and shows that ecologically adaptive behavior can be facilitated through language.


This book explains the role of language in causing and in resolving the ecocrisis, showing that ecologically adaptive behavior can be facilitated through language. The authors explore the discourses of deep ecology, ecofeminism, Judeo-Christianity, quantum theory, and Native American world views, all to the end of empowering ecosocial change.

Max Oelschlaeger is Professor of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas, Denton.


"There is no other topic which reflects so penetratingly both the contradictions and the hopes that the contemporary situation holds for us, and these essays serve as a very clear mirror in this respect. " — Daniel Kealey, Towson State University