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The agrarian vision : sustainability and environmental ethics / Paul B. Thompson.

By: Thompson, Paul B, 1951-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Culture of the land: Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2010Description: 1 online resource (xi, 323 pages) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780813173818; 0813173817; 9780813139807; 0813139805; 1282937669; 9781282937666.Subject(s): Sustainable agriculture -- United States | Environmental ethics -- United States | Agriculture and state -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Agrarian vision.DDC classification: 630 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Sustainability and environmental philosophy -- The philosophy of farming in America -- Political values and the future of U.S. agriculture -- The moral significance of land: a lesson from The grapes of wrath -- Farming as a focal practice -- Food and community -- Why philosophy matters for agricultural policy; why agricultural policy matters for sustainability -- Sustainability and the social goals of agriculture -- The road to sustainability -- Sustainability as a norm -- Sustainability: what it is and what it is not -- Sustainability, social movements, and hope.
Summary: As industry and technology proliferate in modern society, sustainability has jumped to the forefront of contemporary political and environmental discussions. The balance between progress and the earth's ability to provide for its inhabitants grows increasingly precarious as we attempt to achieve sustainable development. In The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics, Paul B. Thompson articulates a new agrarian philosophy, emphasizing the vital role of agrarianism in modern agricultural practices. Thompson, a highly regarded voice in environmental philosophy, unites concepts of.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Sustainability and environmental philosophy -- The philosophy of farming in America -- Political values and the future of U.S. agriculture -- The moral significance of land: a lesson from The grapes of wrath -- Farming as a focal practice -- Food and community -- Why philosophy matters for agricultural policy; why agricultural policy matters for sustainability -- Sustainability and the social goals of agriculture -- The road to sustainability -- Sustainability as a norm -- Sustainability: what it is and what it is not -- Sustainability, social movements, and hope.

As industry and technology proliferate in modern society, sustainability has jumped to the forefront of contemporary political and environmental discussions. The balance between progress and the earth's ability to provide for its inhabitants grows increasingly precarious as we attempt to achieve sustainable development. In The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics, Paul B. Thompson articulates a new agrarian philosophy, emphasizing the vital role of agrarianism in modern agricultural practices. Thompson, a highly regarded voice in environmental philosophy, unites concepts of.

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In this challenging, provocative volume, Thompson (Michigan State Univ.) begins to establish a philosophical foundation for environmental sustainability. He focuses his attention primarily on agriculture because of its enormous impact on the environment. In early chapters, the author explores the concept of sustainability and contrasts the two main philosophies of agriculture: agrarian and industrial. Then he analyzes the neoliberal underpinnings of these philosophies through an examination of the travails of the Joad family in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. These underpinnings can be divided into three ethical/political systems: libertarian, which focuses on the role of property rights; egalitarian, which focuses on the role of equality of opportunity; and utilitarian, which focuses on the role of efficiency. Because these systems are concerned primarily with environmental impacts, though, Thompson opts for a more conservative agrarian solution to promote environmental sustainability. This agrarianism has its roots in Jeffersonian democracy, though Jefferson viewed its importance in terms of economic rather than environmental sustainability. Rather than highlight and address environmental impacts only, the agrarian vision promotes the cultivation of virtues that promote sustainability, such as humility, community, and prudence (particularly as it relates to the acceptance of new technology). Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. D. M. Gilbert Maine Maritime Academy

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<p> Paul B. Thompson , the W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food, and Community Ethics at Michigan State University, is the author of numerous books including The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics .</p>

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