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Ethics of Consumption : The Good Life, Justice, and Global Stewardship - David A. Crocker

Ethics of Consumption

The Good Life, Justice, and Global Stewardship

By: David A. Crocker (Editor), Toby Linden (Editor)

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Published: 18th December 1997
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Scholars in diverse fields now agree on the importance of investigating the impact of consumption practices on the global environment, quality of life, and international justice. In this comprehensive collection of essays, most of which appear for the first time, eminent scholars from many disciplines--philosophy, economics, sociology, political science, demography, theology, history, and social psychology--examine the causes, nature, and consequences of present-day consumption patterns in the United States and throughout the world. Specifically, the essays evaluate the impact of consumption practices on our own lives, our institutions, other people, and the environment. The contributors give explicit attention to the principles relevant for a consumption ethic, as well as to the policies and practices that such an ethic permits or requires. These engaging, jargon-free essays frame the problem of consumption in a variety of ways, challenging readers to see the issue from new perspectives. For scholars and students from across the disciplines, as well as for environmental and consumer activists, this volume will serve as the touchstone for discussions of consumption and global stewardship.

The first and only anthology on the subject of consumption and ethics. Its strength is in the cumulative impact of a number of excellent individual selections that create a background for further thought and reflection on consumption. The volume is a tremendous effort, one worth reading and worth using in any relevant course.--Bart Gruzalski "Environmental Ethics "

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Consumption: Value Added, Physical Transformation, and Welfarep. 19
Carrying Capacity and Ecological Economicsp. 28
Reply to Mark Sagoff's "Carrying Capacity and Ecological Economics"p. 53
Limits to Consumption and Economic Growth: The Middle Groundp. 63
Food, Feed, and Landp. 69
The Case Against the Consumption of Grain-Fed Meatp. 95
The Political Economy of Consumptionp. 113
A New Economic Critique of Consumer Societyp. 131
Consuming Goods and the Good of Consumingp. 139
Consuming Because Others Consumep. 155
Consumer Expenditures and the Growth of Need-Required Incomep. 176
Alternatives to the Consumer Societyp. 198
The Road Not Taken: Friendship, Consumerism, and Happinessp. 218
Delectable Materialism: Second Thoughts on Consumer Culturep. 249
Consumption As Culture: A Desert Examplep. 269
The Living Standardp. 287
The Good As Discipline, the Good As Freedomp. 312
Living at a High Economic Standard: A Functionings Analysisp. 342
Consumption, Well-Being, and Capabilityp. 366
"The Earth Is the Lord's and the Fullness Thereof": Jewish Perspectives on Consumptionp. 391
The Ethics of Consumption: A Roman Catholic Viewp. 403
On the Subversive Virtue: Frugalityp. 416
Natural Resource Consumption: North and Southp. 437
Consumption and Populationp. 476
A Global Resources Dividendp. 501
Consumption, Appropriation, and Stewardshipp. 537
Consumption As a Topic for the North-South Dialoguep. 552
Index of Namesp. 561
Index of Subjectsp. 565
About the Contributorsp. 581
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ISBN: 9780847684953
ISBN-10: 0847684954
Series: Philosophy and the Global Context
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 18th December 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 14.99  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.79