Integral Ecology: Protecting Our Common Home
This edited book is a collection of essays presented at the 2nd annual Integrity of Creation Conference at Duquesne University, USA, and thus represents the 2nd Conference Proceedings of an annual endowed series.
The title of this conference was “Protecting Our Common Home,” adopted in the title of this volume. The concept of Integral Ecology conveys the indispensable inter-relation of topics, expertise, and specialties in the quest to protect the planet whose environment may face catastrophic threat. A leitmotif throughout the book is the ecological encyclical of Pope Francis called Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home, published in 2015. Indeed, the title of the volume refers to the phrase “integral ecology” and the challenge to “protect our common home” in the encyclical.
Although the inspiration for the title comes from a religious leader, the analysis engages both secular and religious perspectives on crucial issues that threaten the ecology of our planet. The sections of the book are divided into the context of the problem, environmental science, social science, religion and ethics, and advocacy.
Dr Gerard Magill holds the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy, and Law at Duquesne University, USA, where he is a tenured Professor in the Center for Healthcare Ethics. He received his PhD from Edinburgh University, UK, in 1987, and has previously worked as Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Saint Louis University, USA. He has authored, co-authored, and edited 10 books including a co-authored textbook on health care ethics and a co-authored book on Governance Ethics for Boards of Directors in Healthcare. He has also published over 60 scholarly and professional articles and given over 200 scholarly presentations at various conferences. He is a member of 14 Professional Associations. His current bioethics research includes governance ethics and organizational ethics in healthcare; human genomics; hospital ethics committees; research ethics, patient safety; and religious healthcare ethics. In 2015, he was appointed by Duquesne University’s President to be Chair of the Committee for the annual endowed conference series on the Integrity of Creation.
Jordan Potter, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, USA, where he completes ethics consultations and performs research in the Department of Bioethics. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the areas of end-of-life ethics, transplant ethics, cultural competency, and environmental ethics, and he has further research interests in the philosophy of religion, public health ethics, and clinical ethics.
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