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    The Ethics of Environmental Concern.Robin Attfield - 1993 - Environmental Values 2 (1):76.
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    The Ethics of the Global Environment.Robin Attfield - 2015 - Edinburgh Studies in Global Et.
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    Educating the Virtues: An Essay on the Philosophical Psychology of Moral Development and Education.Robin Attfield & David Carr - 1992 - Philosophical Quarterly 42 (168):379.
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    A Theory of Value and Obligation.Robin Attfield - 2020 - Routledge.
    Originally published in 1987 and re-issued in 2020 with a new Preface, this book presents and elaborates interrelated solutions to a number of problems in moral philosophy, from the location of intrinsic value and the nature of a worthwhile life, via the limits of obligation and the nature of justice, to the status of moral utterances. After developing a biocentric account of moral standing, the author locates worthwhile life in the development of the generic capacities of a creature, whether human (...)
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    Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction.Robin Attfield - 2018 - Oxford University Press.
    Robin Attfield introduces environmental ethics, exploring the values involved in issues such as pollution, habitat loss, and climate change. Considering the different groups involved in environmental ethics, and the attitudes of the world's religions to environmental stewardship, he calls for action from us all to manage our environment ethically.
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    Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-First Century.Robin Attfield - 2003 - Polity.
    In this clear, concise and up-to-date introduction to environmental ethics, Robin Attfield guides the student through the key issues and debates in this field in ways that will also be of interest to a wide range of scholars and researchers. The book introduces environmental problems and environmental ethics and surveys theories of the sources of the problems. Attfield also puts forward his own original contribution to the debates, advocating biocentric consequentialism among theories of normative ethics and defending objectivism in meta-ethics. (...)
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  8. Morality and conflict.Stuart Hampshire, Sabina Lovibond & Robin Attfield - 1985 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 175 (1):90-92.
     
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    Value, Obligation, and Meta-ethics.Robin Attfield (ed.) - 1995 - Rodopi.
    This work defends an interrelated set of theses in value-theory, normative ethics and meta-ethics. The three Parts correspond to these three areas. Part One (Value) defends a biocentric theory of moral standing, and then the coherence and objectivity of belief in intrinsic value, despite recent objections. Intrinsic value is located in the flourishing of living creatures; specifically, a neo-Aristotelian, species-relative account is supplied of wellbeing or flourishing, in terms of the development of the essential capacities of one's species. There follows (...)
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    Creation, Evolution and Meaning.Robin Attfield - 2006 - Routledge.
    This book presents the case for belief in both creation and evolution at the same time as rejecting creationism. Issues of meaning supply the context of inquiry; the book defends the meaningfulness of language about God, and also relates belief in both creation and evolution to the meaning of life. Meaning, it claims, can be found in consciously adopting the role of steward of the planetary biosphere, and thus of the fruits of creation. Distinctive features include a sustained case for (...)
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  11. The good of trees.Robin Attfield - 1981 - Journal of Value Inquiry 15 (1):35-54.
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    The Ethics of the Global Environment.Robin Attfield - 2015 - Edinburgh University Press.
    This fully updated and expanded textbook looks at issues including climate change, sustainable development and biodiversity preservation, and sensitively addresses global developments such as the Summits at Durban on climate and at Nagoya on biodiversity.
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    A Theory of Value and Obligation.Robin Attfield - 1990 - Noûs 24 (4):617-622.
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  14. Mediated responsibilities, global warming, and the scope of ethics.Robin Attfield - 2009 - Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (2):225-236.
  15. Biocentrism and Artificial Life.Robin Attfield - 2012 - Environmental Values 21 (1):83-94.
    Biocentrism maintains that all living creatures have moral standing, but need not claim that all have equal moral significance. This moral standing extends to organisms generated through human interventions, whether by conventional breeding, genetic engineering, or synthetic biology. Our responsibilities with regard to future generations seem relevant to non-human species as well as future human generations and their quality of life. Likewise the Precautionary Principle appears to raise objections to the generation of serious or irreversible changes to the quality of (...)
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  16. Hume's Philosophy of Religion.J. C. A. Gaskin & Robin Attfield - 1980 - Philosophy 55 (212):267-270.
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    Environmental thought: a short history.Robin Attfield - 2021 - Medford, MA: Polity Press.
    An ambitious and wide-ranging synthesis of the history of environmental thought by a leading philosopher.
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    Supererogation and double standards.Robin Attfield - 1979 - Mind 88 (352):481-499.
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    Ethics: An overview.Robin Attfield - unknown
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  20. Environmental ethics and intergenerational equity.Robin Attfield - 1998 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 41 (2):207 – 222.
    Possible environmental and related impacts of human activity are shown to include the extinction of humanity and other sentient species, excessive human numbers, and a deteriorating quality of life (I). I proceed to argue that neither future rights, nor Kantian respect for future people's autonomy, nor a contract between the generations supplies a plausible basis of obligations with regard to future generations. Obligations concern rather promoting the well-being of the members of future generations, whoever they may be, as well as (...)
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    Moral Scepticism and Moral Knowledge.Robin Attfield - 1981 - Philosophical Quarterly 31 (123):177-178.
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    Clarke, Collins and compounds.Robin Attfield - unknown
    Can room be found in between the matter and void of a Newtonian universe for an immaterial and immortal soul? Can followers of Locke with his agnosticism about the nature of substances claim to know that some of them are immaterial? Samuel Clarke, well versed in Locke's thought and a defender both of Newtonian science and Christian orthodoxy, believed he could do both and attempted to prove his case by means of some hard-boiled reductionism. Anthony Collins, a deist whose only (...)
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  23. Beyond Anthropocentrism.Robin Attfield - 2011 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 69:29-46.
    After the first wave of writings in environmental philosophy in the early 1970s, which were mostly critical of anthropocentrism, a new trend emerged which sought to humanise this subject, and to revive or vindicate anthropocentric stances. Only in this way, it was held, could environmental values become human values, and ecological movements manage to become social ecology. Later writers have detected tacit anthropocentrism lurking even in Deep Ecology, or have defended ‘perspectival anthropocentrism’, as the inevitable methodology of any system of (...)
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    Biocentrism, Moral Standing and Moral Significance.Robin Attfield - 1987 - Philosophica 39.
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    Justice and Non-Human Animals- Part II.Robin Attfield & Rebekah Humphreys - 2017 - Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics 8 (1):44-57.
    It is widely held that moral obligations to non-human beings do not involve considerations of justice. For such a view, nonhuman interests are always prone to be trumped by human interests. Rawlsian contractarianism comprises an example of such a view. Through analysis of such theories, this essay highlights the problem of reconciling the claim that humans have obligations to non-humans with the claim that our treatment of the latter is not a matter of justice. We argue that if it is (...)
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    Christian Attitudes to Nature.Robin Attfield - 1983 - Journal of the History of Ideas 44 (3):369.
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    Justice and Non-Human Animals- Part I.Robin Attfield & Rebekah Humphreys - 2016 - Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics 7 (3):1-11.
    It is widely held that moral obligations to non-human beings do not involve considerations of justice. For such a view, nonhuman interests are always prone to be trumped by human interests. Rawlsian contractarianism comprises an example of such a view. Through analysis of such theories, this essay highlights the problem of reconciling the claim that humans have obligations to non-humans with the claim that our treatment of the latter is not a matter of justice. We argue that if it is (...)
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    Beyond anthropocentrism.Robin Attfield - 2011 - In .
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    Sustainability and Management.Robin Attfield - 2015 - Philosophy of Management 14 (2):85-93.
    The concept of sustainable development of the Brundtland Report and the related one of the Rio Declaration are interpreted differently by United Nations agencies, NGOs and business corporations. What should really be sustained includes quality of life; this requires sustainable natural systems and social systems. Living within our carbon budget is a prominent example. The management of resources on others’ behalf should share with ‘stewardship’ characteristics of care for what is intrinsically valuable, and responsibilities not only to owners but also (...)
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  30. Biocentric consequentialism and value-pluralism: A response to Alan Carter.Robin Attfield - 2005 - Utilitas 17 (1):85-92.
    My theory of biocentric consequentialism is first shown not to be significantly inegalitarian, despite not advocating treating all creatures equally. I then respond to Carter's objections concerning population, species extinctions, the supposed minimax implication, endangered interests, autonomy and thought-experiments. Biocentric consequentialism is capable of supporting a sustainable human population at a level compatible with preserving most non-human species, as opposed to catastrophic population increases or catastrophic decimation. Nor is it undermined by the mere conceivable possibility of counter-intuitive implications. While Carter (...)
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    Clarke, independence and necessity.Robin Attfield - 1993 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 1 (2):67 – 82.
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    Meaningful Work and Full Employment.Robin Attfield - 2001 - Philosophy of Management 1 (1):41-48.
    This paper affirms the continuing importance of full employment, as the best prospect for most people of the goods of meaningful work and of self-respect, and welcomes the failure of new technology in Western societies to engender mass unemployment, despite predictions to the contrary. It also replies to criticismsfrom John White (in Education and the End of Work) of a previous paper of mine, 'Work and the Human Essence (1984). Employing a different sense of 'meaningful work related to agents major (...)
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    Postmodernism, Value and Objectivity.Robin Attfield - 2001 - Environmental Values 10 (2):145-162.
    The first half of this paper replies to three postmodernist challenges to belief in objective intrinsic value. One lies in the claim that the language of objective value presupposes a flawed, dualistic distinction between subjects and objects. The second lies in the claim that there are no objective values which do not arise within and/or depend upon particular cultures or valuational frameworks. The third comprises the suggestion that belief in objective values embodies the representational theory of perception. In the second (...)
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    Saving Nature, Feeding People and Ethics.Robin Attfield - 1998 - Environmental Values 7 (3):291-304.
    Holmes Rolston's case for holding that it is sometimes right to let people starve in order to save nature is argued to be inconclusive at best; some alternative responses to population growth are also presented. The very concept of development implies that authentic development, being socially and ecologically sustainable, will seldom conflict with saving nature (sections 1 and 2). While Rolston's argument about excessive capture of net primary product is fallacious, his view should be endorsed about the wrongness of 'development' (...)
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    Toward a defence of teleology.Robin Attfield - 1975 - Ethics 85 (2):123-135.
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    Work and the Human Essence.Robin Attfield - 1984 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 1 (1):141-150.
    Jenkins and Sherman hold that belief in the value of work is artificially inculcated and that a ‘leisure society’ is desirable and possible, as well as being necessitated by the introduction of microprocessors. After distinguishing between meaningful work and labour (first section), I reply obliquely to their case by contending that meaningful work affords most people their best chance of the necessary good of self-respect (second section), and that it constitutes the exercise of an essential human capacity, the development of (...)
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    Global Warming, Air Pollution and Health.Robin Attfield - 2023 - Studia Ecologiae Et Bioethicae 22 (1).
    A new field of biomedical ethics is opening up, concerning what should be done to reduce the direct and indirect impacts of greenhouse gas emissions on human health. Some of these impacts could be described as ‘direct’, in the form of fatalities and illnesses due to the increasingly frequent heatwaves in many countries of recent years, ascribable to anthropogenic climate change. Other impacts are mediated through the air pollution that results from emissions from vehicles in the form of a cocktail (...)
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  38. Nolt, Future Harm and Future Quality of Life.Robin Attfield - 2011 - Ethics, Policy and Environment 14 (1):11-13.
    In his impressive paper, John Nolt argues that the average American is harming future people. Yet people can only be harmed if they could have been unharmed. Nolt recognises this when...
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    How Not to Be a Moral Relativist.Robin Attfield - 1979 - The Monist 62 (4):510-523.
    Believers in the objectivity of morals are required some time or another to reply to their opponents’ objections, to supply an acceptable account of the evidence deployed by their opponents consistent with their own view, and to bring to light reasons for rejecting their opponents’ case. This paper is intended to go some of the way towards carrying out these objectives. Moral objectivists must also, of course, furnish a positive and defensible account of the status of moral judgments; and, as (...)
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    On being human.Robin Attfield - 1974 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 17 (1-4):175 – 192.
    After a clarification of the concept of concept the project of analysing the concept of man is defended (I), and it is concluded that to be human involves being both of a certain anatomical structure and a member of a race most of whose members are capable of theoretical and practical reasoning (II). Since further the development of essential capacities is necessary for members of a species to flourish, the ability to exercise the essential human capacities for theoretical and practical (...)
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    Environmental Philosophy: Principles and Prospects.Andrew Brennan & Robin Attfield - 1996 - Philosophical Quarterly 46 (183):266.
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    Ecological issues of justice.Robin Attfield - 2009 - Journal of Global Ethics 5 (2):147-154.
    In the first part of this article the author explores the implications for justice of the wider range of parties holding moral standing that environmental ethics has recently disclosed. These implications concern the equitable treatment of future generations and nonhuman creatures, and are relevant both to policies, such as approaches to global warming, and procedures, which may need to be revised to give an equitable voice to unrepresented interests. Later the author considers some radical implications of regarding humanity as stewards (...)
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  43. Biocentric Consequentialism, Pluralism, and ‘The Minimax Implication’: A Reply to Alan Carter: Robin Attfield.Robin Attfield - 2003 - Utilitas 15 (1):76-91.
    Alan Carter's recent review in Mind of my Ethics of the Global Environment combines praise of biocentric consequentialism with criticisms that it could advocate both minimal satisfaction of human needs and the extinction of ‘inessential species’ for the sake of generating extra people; Carter also maintains that as a monistic theory it is predictably inadequate to cover the full range of ethical issues, since only a pluralistic theory has this capacity. In this reply, I explain how the counter-intuitive implications of (...)
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    Balthasar Bekker and the decline of the witch-craze: The old demonology and the new philosophy.Robin Attfield - unknown
    Through a survey of the discussions of the decline of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century witch-craze of Hugh Trevor-Roper, Keith Thomas and Brian Easlea, the role and impact of Balthasar Bekker, a seventeenth-century Dutch Cartesian, is shown to have been under-estimated, and not inconsiderable.
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    God and the Secular: A Philosophical Assessment of Secular Reasoning From Bacon to Kant.Robin Attfield - 1978 - University College Cardiff Press.
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    In Defense of Environmental Ethics.Robin Attfield - 2005 - Environmental Ethics 27 (3):335-336.
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    Environmental Ethics and the Need for Theory.Robin Attfield - 2023 - Studia Ecologiae Et Bioethicae 21 (1).
    Environmental ethics calls into question whether moral obligations invariably arise within relationships and communities, and whether wrong can only be done if some identifiable party is harmed. The aim of this paper is to appraise these assumptions, to argue for negative answers, and to draw appropriate conclusions about the scope of moral standing (or moral considerability). Its findings include the conclusions that our moral obligations (or responsibilities) extend to people and non-human creatures of the foreseeable future, as far as the (...)
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    Christianity.Robin Attfield - 2001 - In Dale Jamieson (ed.), A Companion to Environmental Philosophy. Malden, Massachusetts, USA: Blackwell. pp. 96–110.
    This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction Attitudes of Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels Other New Testament attitudes Patristic and medieval attitudes Attitudes of the subsequent period Overview.
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    Popper and Xenophanes.Robin Attfield - unknown
    Karl Popper identified Xenophanes of Colophon (570−478 BCE) as the originator of the method of conjectures and refutations. This essay explores this claim, and the methods of both philosophers (section 1). Disparagement (ancient and modern) of Xenophanes has been misguided (section 2). Xenophanes, a critical rationalist and realist, pioneered philosophy of religion (section 3) and epistemology (section 4), but his method was not confined to falsificationism, and appears compatible with inductivism and abductionism (section 5). The method employed by Popper in (...)
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  50. Can Biocentric Consequentialism Meet Pluralist Challenges?Robin Attfield - 2014 - In Avram Hiller, Ramona Ilea & Leonard Kahn (eds.), Consequentialism and Environmental Ethics. Routledge. pp. 35-53.
     
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