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Spring 2008 International Society for Environmental Ethics Newsletter

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International Society for Environmental EthicsNewsletter _____________________________________________________ Volume 19, No. 2 Spring/Summer 2008 _____________________________________________________ 
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
ISEE Membership:
ISEE membership dues are now due annually by Earth Day (April 22
nd
) of each year. If you have not yet paid your 2008-2009 dues, please do so now. You can either usethe form on the last page of this Newsletter to mail check to ISEE Treasurer Lisa Newton, or youcan use PayPal with a credit card from the membership page of the ISEE website:<http://www.cep.unt.edu/iseememb.html>.
ISEE Newsletter Frequency:
As per the recent vote, the ISEE Newsletter now comes out threetimes a year: (1) Winter issue in January, (2) Spring/Summer issue in May, and (3) Fall issue inSeptember. Please submit items for inclusion in the Winter issue by January 1
st
, items for inclusion in the Spring/Summer issue by May 1
st
, and items for inclusion in the Fall issue bySeptember 1
st
to ISEE Secretary and Newsletter Editor Mark Woods whose email and snail mailaddresses are on the last page of this Newsletter.
Third Annual Summer Institute in Environmental Ethics, Center for Ethics, University of Montana, July 31-August 8, 2008:
The Center for Ethics at the University of Montana inMissoula is pleased to host its third annual Summer Institute in Environmental Ethics. This year we are offering a 3 credit class by Andrew Light on Environmental Ethics and Policy and a 1credit (two day) workshop by Karen Warren on issues related to Justice, Health, Women, andEnvironment. The events are open to students, professors, interested professionals and membersof the public. They promise intensive discussions with motivated participants against a backdropof some of the best scenery western Montana has to offer. A simultaneous National ScienceFoundation sponsored workshop on biotechnology, nanotechnology, and climate change ensuresthat a number of nationally known speakers will be in town offering a range of additionallectures and events.
The registration deadline is June 27, 2008; the early registrationdeadline is June 1, 2008.
Please follow this link for details of the Institute and registrationinformation: <http://www.umt.edu/ethics/programs/EEI.html>.
Society for Conservation Biology’s Directory:
Environmental philosophers have been invitedto join the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group’s (SCB SSWG)new Conservation Social Science Expert Directory. The SCB SSWG is a global community of conservation scientists and practitioners dedicated to strengthening social sciences and their application to conservation practices. The new online directory is designed to foster communication and collaboration among conservation social scientists, between social scientistsand natural scientists, between researchers and practitioners, and between environmental philosophers and others. Through its user-friendly search tool, the directory provides easyaccess to the wealth of professional expertise within the conservation community. Users may
 
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search for conservation social scientists and environmental philosophers by name, location,degree information, discipline, geographic area, conservation and social science specialty, andresearch terms. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge with conservation professionalsaround the world, consider joining the directory at:<www.conbio.org/WorkingGroups/SSWG/network/dirindex.cfm>.
Environmental Philosophy of Ernest Partridge:
Ernest Partridge (<gadfly@igc.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: <gadfly@igc.org>.
ISEE-Listserv:
The ISEE Listserv is a discussion list for the International Society for Environmental Ethics. Its creation was authorized by the ISEE Board of Directors in December 
 
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2000. It is intended to be a forum for announcements and discussion related to teaching andresearch in environmental ethics. To join or leave the listserv, or to alter your subscriptionoptions go to: <http://listserv.tamu.edu/archives/isee-l.html>. Contact Gary Varner, the listservmanager, for more information: <gary@philosophy.tamu.edu>.
IN MEMORIUM: VAL PLUMWOOD
 The environmental philosophy community mourns the loss of Val Plumwood, 68, who diedfrom a stroke on February 29, 2008 on her property near Braidwood outside Canberra, Australia.She was buried at home on Plumwood Mountain on March 30
th
in a ceremony conducted andattended by many friends.She was born Val Morrell on August 11, 1939 into a poor family that ran a poultry farm near Sydney. She studied philosophy at the University of Sydney in the 1960s. In the 1970s she wasa prominent member of a group of philosophers at the Australian National University whoformed the first wave of Australian environmental philosophy, arguing that environmental problems stemmed not merely from faulty policies, practices, and technologies but fromunderlying human attitudes toward the natural world that were built into western thought,including the anthropocentric idea that only humans mattered morally and that people had noobligation to protect nonhuman nature for nonhuman nature’s sake. When she married her second husband, philosopher Richard Routley, she became Val Routley. Together they wrote anumber of important treatises in environmental ethics, including: (1)
The Fight for Forests
, 3
rd
 edition (Canberra: Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 1975),(2) “Nuclear Energy and Obligations to the Future,”
 Inquiry
Vol. 21 (1978): 133-79, and (3)“Against the Inevitability of Human Chauvinism,”
 Ethics and Problems of the 21st Century
,edited by Kenneth E. Goodpaster and Kenneth M. Sayre, (Notre Dame: University of NotreDame Press, 1979).The Routleys divorced in 1981, and Val became the sole inhabitant of a stone house she had built with Richard in a temperate rainforest in southern Australia. Through her experiences inliving here as a member of a congenial, more-than-human community, she acquired a deepknowledge of nature that became legendary. She changed her name to Val Plumwood fromPlumwood Mountain—the location of her home—that in turn was named after the plumwoodtree.Plumwood was an independent scholar and took intermittent teaching positions at a number of places, including Macquarie University, University of Sydney, Murdoch University, theUniversity of Tasmania, North Carolina State University, the University of California atBerkeley, and the University of Montana. The Australian National University awarded her aPh.D. in 1991. She was also an important environmental activist, and in the 1970s and 1980shad been instrumental in an environmental campaign to save rainforests in eastern Australia.Plumwood famously was attacked by a crocodile while she was canoeing alone throughKakuda National Park (Australia) in 1985. After three crocodile death rolls in the water, sheescaped with horrific injuries and crawled for hours through tropical swamps before she wasrescued. In the article “Being Prey,” she wrote about this experience. “Being Prey” has beenreprinted in
The New Earth Reader: The Best of Terra Nova
, edited by David Rothenberg andMarta Ulvaeus (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1999).Much of Plumwood’s environmental philosophy was focused on analyzing, critiquing, and providing alternatives to dualisms that she believed lie at the heart of the domination of women,

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