Environmental Philosophy

Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2004

Robert Frodeman
Pages 6-12

Environmental Philosophy and the Shaping of Public Policy

The standard approach to environmental issues today is to turn to science, economics, or democratic populism as a means to resolve our environmental debates. Environmental philosophers, on the other hand, focus on the theoretical underpinnings of environmental issues, with possibly a brief reference to a specific case or example. A policy turn in environmental philosophy involves a third way, where philosophers begin from society’s own growing sense of the inadequacy of our conventional ways of addressing environmental problems.