Recent Work on Ethics and Sustainability

SustainabilityAs many who follow ISEE are aware, ISEE tracks research in environmental ethics and related areas.  We provide a comprehensive bibliography in our quarterly newsletter and maintain a list of works (in English), divided into subfields and introductory textbooks or anthologies, on our website.

As a subfield, Ethics and Sustainability continues to pick up steam.  Older works include Lisa Newton’s Ethics and Sustainability: Sustainable Development and the Moral Life (Prentice Hall, 2003); Bryan Norton’s Searching for Sustainability (Cambridge UP, 2003) and Sustainability: A Philosophy of Adaptive Ecosystem Management (Univ. of Chicago P, 2005); Ryne Raffaelle, Wade Robison, and Evan Selinger’s Sustainability Ethics: 5 Questions (Automatic Press/VIP, 2010); Paul Thompson’s The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics (University P of Kentucky, 2010); and Christian Becker’s Sustainability Ethics and Sustainability Research (Springer, 2011).  To this list, two recent pieces can be added.

Sarah Fredericks (University of North Texas) has recently published Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability Ethics in Sustainability Indexes (Routledge, 2013).  The book provides a theoretical and practical demonstration of how ethics and technical considerations can aid the development of sustainability indexes to overcome the division in the literature and aid sustainability initiatives.

Gavin Van Horn, with the Center for Humans and Nature, published this week a primer on Sustainability Ethics that will be suitable for introductory courses in environmental studies and environmental ethics.  Gavin also spoke on the subject at the Center’s 2011 Forum on Ethics and Nature.