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2005

 

Values and Conflicts in Environmental Ethics




Editors Riste Keskpaik, Silver Rattasepp ja Kaie Kotov

Published with the support of Environmental Investment Centre

Environmental Ethics conference was supported by Environmental Investment Centre, University of Tartu Centre for Ethics, Estonian Naturalists Society



The book is the collection of the environmental ethics conference “Values and Conflicts in Environmental Ethics” that took place from 28th to 29th of October 2005 and was organized by Estonian Naturalists Society, Jakob von Üexküll Centre and the Centre for Ethics of the University of Tartu. The bilingual (English and Estonian) book contains presentations and theses given by local and guest speakers.

The purpose of the conference and the theses collection was not to introduce a field that has been “completed”, and its terminology – a task that it cannot fulfill well – but rather to open up the field and meaning of environmental ethics across disciplinary boundaries, and to the non-academic public, creating an opportunity for collision and intertwining that could create enough potential to shift some boundaries that have become too rigid.

 

Science and Knowledge-based Society

Editor Margit Sutrop, Urmas Sutrop

Copyreader Kristi Jõesalu

Designer Andres Rõhu

Copyreaders Axel Jagau, Külliki Kuusk

Translation into Estonian Katrin Kala, Ene Kelder, Marika Leemets, Epp Leete, Kristina Milt, Sigrid Parts

Translation into German Andreas Berghoff, Sigrun Fricke, Axel Jagau

The book was published with the support of Estonian consul in Düsseldorf, dr Jochen Friedrich Kirchhoff, dr Hansjörg Döpp, Union of Employers of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany



The book is the collection of papers from the conference „Science and Knowledge-based Society” which took place on September 27th 2004 in Tartu during the 8th German-Estonian academic week Academica. This is a bilingual (German and Estonian) collection of the presentations and speeches that were given during the conference. Wide variety of topics covered issues from the tension between science and society to science, technology and knowledge-based society.

The purpose of the conference was to open up the notion of knowledge-based society and to view how far Estonian and German societies are from that and what kind of difficulties could come with that. The key speakers of the conference were director of the Academia Europaea professor Carl Friedrich Gethmann, president of Estonian Academy of Sciences professor Jüri Engelbrecht, vice president of Deutche Bundesbank Jürgen Sark and president of the Bank of Estonia Vahur Kraft.

 

Introduction to Political Philosophy

Author Jonathan Wolff

Translator Tiiu Hallap

Editor Triin Kaalep

Designer Sirje Ratso

University of Tartu Centre for Ethics 2005

University of Tartu Publishing

 

 

 

Political philosophy is a branch of practical philosophy that deals with questions of social contract, state, political power, democracy, freedom, property and social justice. Political philosopher’s research object is abstract. The philosopher asks how  the state has come about and how  it stands together. What is the moral justification for such a state? A lot of these kinds of problems remain an open issue and the debate goes on.

The author’s objective is not to present political theories chronologically, but to handle selected questions systematically. He has picked the most absorbing solutions presented throughout history by Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Rawls and Nozick.

To read and understand this book you need not have prior knowledge of philosophy or political science, that is why it suits very well as a textbook both in high school and university. This book is strongly recommended to present and future politicians who want to gain basic knowledge in political philosophy.

 

Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong

Author Louis P. Pojman

Translator Tiiu Hallap

Editor Ruth Jürjo

Designer Sirje Ratso

Publisher Eesti Keele Sihtasutus

University of Tartu Centre for Ethics 2005

Published with the support ofVolkswagen Stiftung

 

 

 

Louis P. Pojman’s book "Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong" is a textbook of ethics for undergraduates. All the main topics of moral philosophy – moral relativism and objectivism, values, egoism and altruism, deontological, teleological and virtue ethics - are handled in the book very systematically. Also metaethical topics and the relationship of religions to ethics are viewed closely. In addition, the reader can find tips on how to write a philosophical paper.

This textbook is used at the University of Tartu as the main text in teaching the course about the basics of ethics and it is also widely used in other universities and colleges in Estonia and elsewhere in the world.

Also a wider audience might find interest in the book, since the author has been very thorough and skillfully presented examples from everyday life, and from literary and film classics. One should not fear that the book might be too difficult; it is very readable even for people with no prior philosophical education. Ethics should not be limited with what you read or hear in the classroom, it should be used and thought about in our daily life. The author does just that and shows how moral philosophy is connected to our society.

Although there cannot be one right solution or analysis of ethical problems, Pojman’s book sets a good example and gives the reader a method how to think about moral problems.