The Green Halo
Bird's-Eye View of Ecological Ethics
In The Green Halo,
Kohák presents a wide range of conflicting views and strategies
in ecological ethics, including many with which he disagrees.
He begins by
sketching the problematic relation of humankind to the rest of
the natural world, including other animals. Kohák then outlines
various ways of conceiving of nature and its value, discussing
the views of, among others, Al Gore, John Muir, Albert
Schweitzer, Paul Taylor, Aldo Leopold, and Garrett Hardin. He
concludes by discussing different approaches to the ecological
crisis, including depth ecology, ecofeminism, the GAIA
hypothesis, and sociobiology.
introduction to the vast field of contemporary ecological
thought, The Green Halo provides a basic education in
environmental philosophy and an understanding of the most
important problem facing humankind in the coming century: How
can we live on this Earth in a way that we do not destroy the
preconditions of our own existence?
"The Green Halo
can be read at many levels. It is enjoyable reading and can
serve as an introduction for those who know little or nothing
about environmential philosophy. At the same time, it makes a
new contribution to the field, both at the movement and
mainstream levels. Because Kohák is equally knowledgeable about
environmental ethics in North America and his native country,
the Czech Republic, he provides insight and perspectives not
available from any other philosopher. The book is likely to
become a classic in the field."
—Eugene C. Hargrove
Author of Foundations of Environmental Ethics
"Here is perhaps
the most remakrable of the several introductions to
environmental ethics now available in the growing literature—remarkable
both for the unusual career of its author and for the
multi-dimensional nature of the work. . . . This overview is
distinctly comprehensive, and with fresh perspectives. [Kohák]
is able to combine theory and practice most effectively. On
every page he joins multiple tenstions in the field, often
finding complementary insights: the contemporary and the
historical, facts and values, the is
and the ought, reason and emotion, the real and the
ideal, ethics and metaphysics, the subjective and the objective.
. . . I am privileged to endorse this work."
—Holmes Rolston, III
Author of Philosophy Gone Wild