Plant Ethics: Concepts and Applications

Angela Kallhoff (Editor), Marcello Di Paola (Editor), Maria Schörgenhumer (Editor)

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Large parts of our world are filled with plants, and human life depends on, interacts with, affects and is affected by plant life in various ways. Yet plants have not received nearly as much attention from philosophers and ethicists as they deserve. In environmental philosophy, plants are often swiftly subsumed under the categories of "all living things" and rarely considered thematically. There is a need for developing a more sophisticated theoretical understanding of plants and their practical role in human experience.

Plant Ethics: Concepts and Applications aims at opening a philosophical discussion that may begin to fill that gap. The book investigates issues in plants ontology, ethics and the role of plants and their cultivation in various fields of application. It explores and develops important concepts to shape and frame plants-related philosophical questions accurately, including new ideas of how to address moral questions when confronted with plants in concrete scenarios.

This edited volume brings together for the first time, and in an interdisciplinary spirit, contemporary approaches to plant ethics by international scholars of established reputation. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of Philosophy and Ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
Number of pages238
ISBN (Electronic)9781351629423
ISBN (Print)9781138079212
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2018

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 603103 Ethics
  • 603116 Political philosophy
  • 603122 Philosophy of technology
  • 106004 Bioethics

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