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Water Ethics


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Peter G. Brown is a Professor in the Departments of Geography, Natural Resource Sciences, and School of the Environment at McGill University. He is co-author of Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy. Jeremy J. Schmidt is a PhD Candidate and Trudeau Scholar in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario.


"As we move into the next decade of the new twenty-first century, perhaps no other issue will stamp its imprint on our consciousness as much as the global water crisis...Editors Brown and Schmidt have assembled eighteen essays that span one hundred years of ethical reflections on water, from 1909 to 2009, including their own carefully crafted concluding essay. The book is arranged as a chronology of understandings surrounding water ethics, understandings that have driven water policies and practices. The reader, then, is able to move through developments as they occurred in light of previous approaches. At the same time, the book spans a wide variety of philosophical and theological approaches...Although there is no one particular ethic that emerges in these collective writings, Water Ethics offers a glimpse of a major revolution in thinking about water and water issues. In addition to the general principles and philosophical arguments developed in the book, several authors utilize case studies to support and illustrate their positions. As the subtitle of Water Ethics indicates, these writings are not meant for a casual reader but are directed at students and professionals who work with water concerns. These concerns will certainly intensify in the next decades, and therefore, Water Ethics is a critical resource for current and forthcoming debates."--Robert Sandford "Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture"
"I was fully engaged--heart and mind--as I read Water Ethics. For me, some of the philosophies expressed have moved me to action...I am glad that I read Water Ethics and I would not hesitate suggesting it to my colleagues...an emotional component espoused by Water Ethics is lacking in a purely reductionist view of water."--Robert Sandford "Journal of the American Water Resources Association"
"Peter Brown and Jeremy Schmidt have provided a timely, major contribution to the evolving study of water ethics. Readers will find seminal articles on a wide range of topics, from water resource management to property, rights, and policy priorities. Provocative and challenging, Water Ethics is a necessary read for guidance on water ethics and indeed the general human/nature debates currently shaping key policies."--Gary Chamberlain "Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics, Seattle University"

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