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Philosophical, Professional, and Environmental Ethics An Overview for Foresters

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A discussion about ethics for professional foresters can begin with the philosophical foundations. Ethics has a long tradition in philosophy, and many philosophers have addressed the subject in general and as it relates specifically to professionals and to the environment. A comprehensive system of ethical rules is elusive, however; professionals must recognize the case-specific context of ethical decisions and gain experience in making good ethical decisions. Of special interest to foresters are the role of ethics and social groups in influencing objectivity of science, and the inclusion of nonutilitarian values in nature.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research and Teaching Assistant Institute of Applied Sciences and Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas PO Box 310920, Denton TX 76203-0920

Publication date: 2000-07-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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