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A very short introduction to environmental ethics

17 December 2018


A new book by a Cardiff University academic presses for urgent worldwide action on climate change in ‘Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction’.

In the latest addition to Oxford University Press ‘A Very Short Introduction’ series, Professor Robin Attfield traces the origins of environmental ethics as a discipline, and considers how it defends the independent value of living creatures, and the need to make decisions informed by the needs and interests of future generations.

Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects — from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative - yet always balanced - discussions of the central issues in a given topic.

Environmental ethics is a relatively new branch of philosophy, which studies the values and principles involved in combatting environmental problems such as pollution, loss of species and habitats, and climate change.

Professor Attfield said “I hope that this book combines philosophical depth with extreme readability and makes a suggestive case for an ethics that pays tribute to the value of non-human nature.”

Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction was published on 13 December 2018 by Oxford University Press at £7.99 per copy and is available to order online at

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