A Case Study in Thomistic Environmental Ethics: The Ecological Crisis in the Loess Hills of Iowa

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9780773454163: A Case Study in Thomistic Environmental Ethics: The Ecological Crisis in the Loess Hills of Iowa

This original study applies the philosophical/theological thought of Thomas Aquinas to issues of environmental ethics, specifically in relation to the restoration and preservation of the plains of the Loess Hills in Iowa. This study should appeal to scholars working in environmental ethics, philosophy, theology, and ecology. This work applies an environmental ethic grounded in an interpretation of Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae to a particular environmental region, namely the Loess Hills of Iowa. The book begins by telling the ecological story of the Loess Hills and then proceeds to summarize the development of environmental ethics through the legacy of Henry David Thoreau, thereby revealing certain tensions that exist in contemporary environmental debates. Then, after considering the strengths and weaknesses of anthropocentric and ecocentric ethical systems, the author provides an exposition of Aquinas' understanding of the bonum naturalis, the bonum connaturalis, and the bonum supernaturalis, as these are found in the Summa Theologiae. From these a eudaimonistic ethic emerges: human communities ought to pursue flourishing only in ways that simultaneously save the contextualizing ecosystems. This ethic is then applied to the particular case of the Loess Hills, producing an eudaimonistic ecoregionalism.

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Fr. Robert L. Grant, Ph.D., is both a Roman Catholic priest and Associate Professor of Theology at St. Ambrose University. He earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa. Fr. Grant specializes in Environmental Ethics and is actively involved in prairie restoration projects.

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"All too often books about environmental issues apply general principles to the problems that beset a particular place or apply the ethical maxims of a specific thinker or movement to the earth in general. It is rare that the required specificity is found in both approach and place. In his book, Fr. Robert Grant, Ph.D. combines specificity of perspective with particularity of place. More exactly, Fr. Grant asks how the theology and ethics of Thomas Aquinas might provide guidance for those who care about the Loess Hills of western Iowa... May this book spur us on to think and act for the great good of God's shalom for all the earth." - Steven Bouma-Prediger Jacobson Professor of Religion Hope College "There is a serious need for science, conservation, philosophy and ethics to come together to give humankind a new direction for the future. Fr. Grant's study helps us put together many parts of this complex puzzle." - Carl Kurtz Naturalist, Photography, and Writer "We badly need more publications that are capable of healing the fractured human relationship with the land. I believe that Fr. Grant's book could possibly become one such publication. Researching a far different audience than that of standard nature books, his book could help transform the mindsets of a whole new group of readers." - Cornelia Mutel IIHR Historian and Archivist Department of Hydroscience and Engineering University of Iowa"

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