Environmental Ethics
and Public Policy
Ernest Partridge, Ph.D

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Conscience of a Progressive
    (A Book in Progress)

A Dim View of Libertarianism

Rawls and the Duty to Posterity
    (Doctoral Dissertation)

The Ecology Project

For Environmental Educators

The Russian Environment

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Ernest Partridge, Ph.D

A Book in Progress

Latest Revisions and/or Additions:  November 17, 2007

(* Indicates significant revisions and additions at the above date)

An Important Message to the Reader



1.    Ideas: Some New, Some Old
2.    The Language Trap
3.    Right vs. Left -- The Elements. 
4.    A Master Morality.


5.     Good for Each, Bad for All.
6.     The Moral Point of View
7.     Kill the Umpire!
8.     Privatization and Public Goods
9.     Remedial Economics for Regressives
10.    Prices and Values
11.    The Market: Invaluable Servant, Ruthless Master (
12.    How is Morality Possible?
13.    Foundations of a Rational Morality  (In Preparation)
14.    The Social Contract (In Preparation)
15.    A Progressive Moral Philosophy.
My Brothers' Keeper? -- A Dialogue and Recapitulation

Issues and Applications

17.   Corporate Self-Regulation: A Case History
18.   The Right to Know: Propaganda and the Media
19.   When the Law Goes Flat
20.   Religion: How Would Jesus Vote?
21.   The Eclipse of Science and Reason
22.   Why Should I Pay for Someone Else's Education?
The Environment -- Who Owns the Earth?

Summing Up

24.   The Progressive Society
25.   A Progressive Manifesto  (In Preparation)

Bibliography and References.

Attention Publishers!

All the links above are to chapters that are unfinished and constantly subject to revision. Continuing work on this book is an "iterative process:" if the completed book is to be well integrated, work further along in the book must "feed back" and prompt revisions in the earlier chapters.  Dates of the latest revision will appear at the end of the chapter.

It is not likely that the finished book will appear at this website -- not if, as intended, the book is to be published in hard copy by an establishing publishing house. Few if any publishers would tolerate an internet posting, and thus access to a free copy of a work intended for retail sale. Once a publisher is obtained and a contract signed, I will follow the instructions of that publisher regarding the posting of the work-in-progress at this site.

In the meantime, you are welcome to read and comment on these chapters. Comments, suggestions, and criticisms may be sent to me at: gadfly@igc.org .  Please bear in mind that this work, while incomplete, is nonetheless under copyright.

Ernest Partridge



Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He has taught Philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The Online Gadfly" (www.igc.org/gadfly) and co-edits the progressive website, "The Crisis Papers" (www.crisispapers.org).  Dr. Partridge can be contacted at: gadfly@igc.org .