Hunting, Fishing, and Environmental Virtue
176 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
Release Date:01 Jun 2013

Hunting, Fishing, and Environmental Virtue

Reconnecting Sportsmanship and Conservation

Oregon State University Press

Do hunting and fishing lead to the development of environmental virtues? In Hunting, Fishing, and Environmental Virtue, Charles List provides an ethical defense of field sports, arguing that there is a connection between them and conservation. The book examines environmental virtues present in the conservation practiced by Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold; considers arguments frequently deployed against hunting and fishing; and examines the changes needed to incorporateand reinvigorate the connection between field sports and virtue.

Charles J. List grew up hunting pheasants and fishing for walleyes in Minnesota and Iowa. A professor of philosophy at SUNY-Plattsburgh in northern New York, he teaches college courses on environmental ethics, outdoor ethics, fly fishing, and hunting ethics and has authored numerous articles on the ethical issues surrounding hunting and fishing.

Part One: Philosophy and Field Sports

Chapter 1: The Sportsman Thesis

Chapter 2: From Beginner to Expert

Chapter 3: Character Enriching Activities


Part Two: Environmental Ethics and Field Sports

Chapter 4: From Gentlemen to Conservationists

Chapter 5: The Biotic Good

Chapter 6: Environmental Virtues


Part Three: Problems for the Sportsman Thesis

Chapter 7: The Substitution Problem

Chapter 8: The Elitism of Field Sports

Chapter 9: Codes for Field Sports


Part Four: Implications for the Future of Field Sports

Chapter 10: Sportsmen and Citizenship

Chapter 11: Money and Politics

Chapter 12: Sportsmen Education

Chapter 13: Game and Wildlife

Chapter 14: The Structure of Outdoor Recreation
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