Gifford Lecturer and Templeton Prize winner Holmes Rolston, III
is widely known as the father of environmental ethics. From his
authorship of one of the first articles in professional
environmental philosophy ("Is there an Ecological Ethic?" 1975) to
his most recent article on the place of humanity in the cosmos
("Generating Life on Earth: Five Looming Questions" 2007) no author
has taken a more prominent role in mapping out the terrain in
environmental philosophy. His writings range between natural
philosophy and theology and include detailed presentations of an
interlocking position that includes aesthetics, value theory,
natural resource policy, wilderness advocacy, and sustainable
"Nature Value and Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston, III"
is a collection of contemporary writings on the work of Holmes
Rolston, III. The authors contributing to this volume are a mixture
of senior scholars in environmental ethics and new voices in
philosophy and in literature. Together they provide an in depth
evaluation of many of the topics discussed by Rolston. They probe
the strengths and weaknesses of his work and suggest valuable
correctives. Rolston himself, in a detailed reply to each of his
critics at the end of the volume, reveals where some of these
criticisms sting him the most and in the process provides one of
the most detailed and articulate defenses of his position ever
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