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Environmental Philosophy of Ernest Partridge:
Ernest Partridge (<firstname.lastname@example.org>) has posted thirty-five of his post-1981 published papers at his website “The Online Gadfly”(<www.igc.org/gadfly>). Select “The Gadfly Papers” at the home page menu. “The OnlineGadfly” also contains numerous unpublished works, including more than two-hundred brief essays, dealing mostly with contemporary political and public policy issues that he has writtenfor the internet in the last decade. Partridge, who has retired from teaching, is a consultant,writer, and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He has taughtPhilosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado, and Wisconsin. In addition to“The Online Gadfly” he co-edits the progressive website “The Crisis Papers”(<www.crisispapers.org>). His book in progress,
Conscience of a Progressive,
can be seen at<www.igc.org/gadfly/progressive/^toc.htm
. The following eight essays might be especiallyuseful to teachers of courses in environmental ethics, public policy, or introductory ethics.Abstracts and publishing history of each of these essays may be found by following this link:<www.igc.org/gadfly/teaching.htm
. Many of these essays have revised, expanded, andimproved, post-publication.1.
“How is Morality Possible?” (Chapter 12 of
Conscience of a Progressive
). Partridgediscusses the elements of moral psychology, the role of language in moral capacity, moralsentiments and moral agency, socialization and morality, and the criteria of moralresponsibility.2.
“Perilous Optimism.” This is a rebuttal of the technological optimism of Julian Simon andMark Sagoff in which Partridge discusses thermodynamic limits of growth and technologyand provides a critique of neo-classical economics.3.
“In Search of Sustainable Values.” Partridge distinguishes economic values (“costs”) frommoral values.4.
“With Liberty for Some.” Partridge criticizes the libertarian claim that privatization, the freemarket, individual initiative, and the enforcement of property rights will result in optimalenvironmental consequences.5.
“On the Rights of Future Generations.” Partridge affirms that future persons have moralrights which entail duties on the part of present persons.6.
“Should We Seek a Better Future?” Partridge examines “the future persons paradox,”namely, that policies intended to improve the living conditions of future generations result inthe existence of different individuals than would otherwise have been born.7.
“The Tonic of Wildness.” Partridge examines natural aesthetics and responsibility to nature.8.
“Just Provision for the Future.” Partridge refutes six arguments against responsibility tofuture generations and proposes seven rules of just provision for the future. Numerous additional essays at “The Online Gadfly” may prove suitable for instructional purposes. Contact Ernest Partridge at: <email@example.com>.
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