|About the Book|
SUSTAINABILITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE is a scholarly anthology edited by Jack Lee, Ph.D. (ISBN-13: 978-0-9743472-1-9). HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE ANTHOLOGY (WRITTEN BY THE EDITOR, DR. JACK LEE): Some scholars suggest we should live a sustainable life. ButMoreSUSTAINABILITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE is a scholarly anthology edited by Jack Lee, Ph.D. (ISBN-13: 978-0-9743472-1-9). HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE ANTHOLOGY (WRITTEN BY THE EDITOR, DR. JACK LEE): Some scholars suggest we should live a sustainable life. But what is sustainability? We need to think about sustainability deeply and broadly. In this anthology, I provide a forum for doing this. Philosophy (e.g., ontology and ethics) is very important. We also need to bring together natural sciences, education, sociology, law and other disciplines. Environmental issues command a multi-disciplinary approach. I am especially proud to include an environmental philosophy paper written by the brilliant young Taiwanese mountaineer Allen Yu before he died, of pollution-related leukemia. I hope this anthology can help us to re-think our engagement with the natural world. HERE IS AN ABSTRACT OF THE BOOK: Today we face serious environmental problems which force us to re-examine our way of life. The consensus scholarly response is to urge humanity to live sustainable lives. This suggestion is appealing as a slogan but resides in academic consciousness largely unexamined as a concept. This anthology gathers philosophers and ethicists together with experts and practitioners from many other disciplines and backgrounds to examine the question: what is sustainability? KEYWORDS: sustainability, intrinsic value, ecosystem, animal, human species, Confucianism, environment, obligations to the future, anthropocentrism, global warming. HERE IS THE BOOKS TABLE OF CONTENTS: ---Preface (page ix)- ---Contributors (page xi)- ---1. Metaphysics of Sustainability: Kants Categorical Imperative (by Martin Schnfeld) (page 1)- ---2. Sustainability: A Personal Account (by J. Baird Callicott) (page 19)- ---3. Intrinsic Value and Respect for the Natural Environment (by Jack Lee) (page 35)- ---4. The Land Ethic and Gleasons Individualistic Concept of Plant Association (by Allen Yu) (page 51)- ---5. Environmental Ethics and Bioethics: Anthropocentrism, Ideological Convergence, and Socio-Political Disposition (by Edmund U. H. Sim) (page 77)- ---6. Sustainable Development vs. Sustainable Biosphere (by Holmes Rolston, III) (page 91)- ---7. The Possibility of a Global Environmental Ethics: A Confucian Proposal (by Shui Chuen Lee) (page 103)- ---8. Confucian Filial Piety and Environmental Sustainability (by A. T. Nuyen) (page 119)- ---9. Toward An Ethical Climate Regime (by Po-Keung Ip) (page 137)- ---10. Climate Change and Obligations to the Future (by William Grey) (page 157)- ---11. Environmental Ethics in an Omniverse Environment: From Terrestrial Chauvinism to Golden Rule (by Charles Tandy) (page 171)- ---12. The Non-human Natural World, Indigenous Peoples, and Late-modern Capitalism (by Mac Kang Bai (Campbell)) (page 217)- ---13. Indigenous Peoples Hunting Issues and Environmental Ethics: A Contextual Observation in Taiwan (by Yih-Ren Lin) (page 255)- ---14. Taiwans Reform of Energy Law and Policy for Mitigation of Climate Change (by Jui-Chu Lin, Tsung-Tang Lee) (page 295)- ---15. How Students Conceptualize the Environment: Implications for Science and Environmental Education (by Shiang-Yao Liu) (page 313).